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First stage of Hannington transmitter switchover to take place in early hours of morning

WEST Berkshire is ready for the digital television switchover, according to the man responsible.

In the early hours of tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, the region's analogue signal for BBC 2 will be switched off and everyone who does not have digital equipment will be left with a blank screen, but Digital UK's regional manager for Meridian, Bill Taylor, says he believes it will go off without a glitch.

“Technically, everything will run smoothly,” he said, “and we believe most people already have the correct equipment in place in at least one television in their home.”

The switchover will take place in two stages: BBC 2's analogue signal will be switched off tomorrow and replaced with the digital signal, and local relay signals will also start to broadcast the BBC's other digital channels for the first time; on February 22, all the other channels will be switched off and replaced with a digital service.

On both dates, the changes will happen overnight.

Everyone watching Freeview, Top Up TV or BT Vision, including those already on digital, will have to retune their sets.

Mr Taylor also said that learning to retune the set is essential, as it is “a normal part of digital life.”

After the switchover, those with digital equipment will have stronger signals and be able to access more channels than they did through analogue.

Mr Taylor also said he was confident that Digital UK had done everything it could to inform people of the coming changes and that most of the elderly and vulnerable had been informed of available support.

Only those parts of West Berkshire, including Newbury, which receives its signal from the Hannington transmitter group, will be affected on these dates.

Some on the western edge and in the north of the district may already have made the switch earlier this year.

For more information and to check which area you fall in, visit www.digitaluk.co.uk

If you experience any major problems with the switchover tomorrow, let us know by contacting Eddie van der Walt on (01635) 564520 or emailing Eddie.VanDerWalt@newburynews.co.uk

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