Monday, 11 June 2012


Switchover Begins- Thanet Residents Face the Greatest Challenges in Accessing Good TV Coverage in the Meridian Area.
Following two years of strong campaigning for improved TV reception and greater support for Thanet in the Digital Switchover, Laura Sandys MP is urging all residents in the area- the most vulnerable in the Meridian region- to ensure that they are ready for digital switchover which will finally begin on Wednesday next week (13th June).
Laura said: “There has been such a long build-up to Switchover and whilst much has been done to publicise it, I have spoken with lots of people who didn’t know that it was happening at all or just didn’t realise that it was finally starting next week. If you are already watching Freeview, you will need to retune your TV on Wednesday 13th June and again on Wednesday 27th June. Anyone who is watching analogue will need to convert their TV using a Freeview box as this signal will be switched off very shortly. Those watching Satellite meanwhile need not worry at all.
There is still support available for older or disabled constituents through the Switchover Help Scheme- any local residents who think they might be eligible should telephone 0800 40 85 900 for more information. One-to-one general support will also be available on the two Switchover days in the form of a Digital UK drop-in advice clinic outside Tesco in Broadstairs.
“I have long been campaigning for better reception and even raised our particular problems in a Parliamentary debate. I have met with the Minister responsible on several occasions to discuss this and he pledged to ensure that everything is done to support us locally. I have also had lots of assurances that signal will dramatically improve for the majority of Thanet.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sending out some helpful information on Switchover as well as asking for your opinion on whether the signal has improved. If you would like to receive these updates please email me at: I would also ask all local residents to be in touch with me if they experience any problems either during Switchover or with their signal post-Switchover. I am on-hand and at the ready should there be any issues whatsoever.”
-      More information on retuning your TV can be found at:
-      Digital UK will be offering support outside Tesco on the High Street in Broadstairs between 9am-5pm on 13-14 and 27-28 June.  

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