Countdown begins for St Albans digital TV switchover

NEARLY 40,000 TVs in the St Albans district still need to be converted ahead of the digital switchover next year.

Analogue TV will cease broadcasting from the Crystal Palace transmitter, which has been serving the area for 75 years, next April.

Every Herts Advertiser reader who is still watching analogue television must convert their sets to digital before then to avoid losing their channels.

Digital UK, the body leading the process, estimates there are 39,000 analogue televisions still being watched in the area but there’s no need to replace them – even black and white models can be converted with a digital box.

Vivien Morgan, London manager for Digital UK, said: “Switchover is making television history – the biggest change in broadcasting since colour TV. It’s exciting news for all of us as it means more channels, better pictures and easier recording.”

“One third of UK homes have so far completed the switchover process, while nine-in-ten households are watching some form of digital TV on at least one set.”