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Lichfield MP gives digital TV switchover warning

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being warned that the date for the switch-off of analogue TV in the region is fast approaching.

Ofcom have announced that the Sutton Coldfield transmitter will be turned off on September 21, 2011.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

And Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, who worked in radio and TV stations before entering politics, has urged people to make sure they prepare for the switchover.

He said:

“After the switch-off date, unless you have a digital TV tuner or are on cable, you won’t be able to receive your normal TV channels. Ofcom say that 89 per cent of the population have already converted at least one of their TVs to digital.  This needs either a TV with a built-in Freeview or Freesat tuner or a digital set-top box.

“And of course, digital TV means that in addition to the normal five channels, many more are available.  I particularly like free channels such as BBC4 and Yesterday as well as watching Family Guy on BBC Three!

“It’s worth checking whether your existing aerial will pick up digital channels.  If not, use an authorised aerial contractor and not a cowboy who will charge the earth.  A lot of vulnerable people may be prey to unscrupulous players in the market.”

A Switchover Help Scheme is being run by the BBC and will be writing to people eligible to let them know about practical advice that is available to help them make the transition to digital TV.

For more information about the Switchover Help Scheme, contact Ed Jezard on 07872 413 065 or visit

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