Digital TV switchover complete

DIGITAL TV switchover in the Meridian TV region is now complete, extending Freeview coverage to hundreds of thousands of extra viewers. Every viewer across the region from West Dorset to Kent is now digital, and most found the change straightforward.

We wish to thank everyone who helped to make the transition to digital television successful. Local retailers and installers, housing providers, and an army of relatives, friends and good neighbours have all played their part – as did local charities who provided thousands of volunteers. It really was a community effort.

More than 100,000 older and disabled people in the Meridian TV region have so far contacted the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme to take up the practical help that’s been offered to them. Eligible people in the region can still apply until 27 July 2012. For information about Help Scheme eligibility you can phone 0800 40 85 900 or visit

Readers should remember to retune their Freeview box occasionally to make sure they’re receiving the latest services. If you need general advice about switchover you can still get in touch with Digital UK’s advice line on 08456 50 50 50, or visit

Bill Taylor, Regional Manager, Digital UK