Durham viewers get help to make the digital TV switchover leap

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HELP is on hand as the big digital television switchover looms.

Durham County Council is working with Digital UK to inform residents of planned changes, as those who do not have digital TV will lose their channels.

In September, analogue televisions will be switched off across the North East.

Residents do not need to buy a new set as any television can be converted using a Freeview box, a digital satellite service or digital cable.

Trading standards officers have urged people to be on their guard and be wary of cold callers.

For older or disabled viewers who may find making the change difficult, the Switchover Help Scheme is available.

It is sending 494,000 letters to residents who have been identified as possibly needing help.

A Sensory Support Awareness Day will take place at County Hall from 9am to 4pm tomorrow, where advice will be available for residents about the switchover

There will also a demonstration of the talking box, a piece of equipment available for the visually impaired.

For more information call the Switchover Help Scheme on 0800 40 85 900 or visit www.helpscheme.co.uk.

For more information about Digital TV, can call 08456 50 50 50 or visit www.digitaluk.co.uk.