Gloucestershire Digital Switch Over


  • Do you live in an area of Gloucestershire switching to digital in April?
  • If you don’t know, you may lose your TV signal!
  • Don’t worry, help is at hand and so is funding!

In April 2011, the Central TV region will begin the switch to digital television.  The analogue signal for part of Gloucestershire comes from the Ridge Hill transmitter group.  This signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital signal.  Anyone who currently receives only BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel Four, and Five through their aerial will need to convert their television before 6th April 2011 otherwise they will begin to lose channels.  When switchover completes on 20th April 2011 they will not be able to receive any TV channels at all if they have not converted.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) has been appointed by Digital Outreach to work with the voluntary and community sector during the run up to the digital TV switchover by providing grants, materials, free training, support and guidance to enable groups to signpost the people they support.
If you would like:

  • GRCC to come along and talk to you about what the switchover means and what help is available
  • Information to give your staff so they can tell your clients about the switchover
  • Grants to hold all kinds of events to tell your group about the switchover. This could be a coffee morning, a special lunch, a Christmas or New Year’s party, transport to help people get to your venue etc. The more innovative the better!
  • Free leaflets and promotional items to give away

To find out more including how to apply for a grant, call Clare Huckett now at GRCC on 01452 528491 

Digital Switchover Update

There are just two weeks to go until the first stage of digital switchover takes place in the West TV region and we are now entering the final wave of our communications campaign, which will ensure viewers know when it is happening and what to do.

Latest research indicates that nine out of ten homes served by the Mendip transmitter group, covering Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire are ready for switchover, but some still need to get ready or risk having a blank screen.

Two-stage process:  Switchover is a two-stage process, which begins on Wednesday, 24 March and ends on Wednesday, 7 April and will make Freeview available from all relay transmitters in the area for the first time. 

Viewers who get their signal from a relay transmitter will see their line-up of terrestrial TV channels increase from four or five to around 15. Once it is complete, Freeview coverage in the West TV region will have been extended to reach 99 per cent of households.

Retuning:  Viewers with digital TVs or using Freeview, Top Up or BT Vision boxes will need to retune their equipment at both stages of switchover. As was the case with analogue TV, some viewers may find they can receive more than one regional version of BBC and ITV channels. Viewers can make their preferred services easier to find by using either the ‘favourites’ list or manually retuning their equipment. Guidance on retuning and selecting your preferred regional service is available from the Digital UK website and advice line.


There is still time for eligible older and disabled people to apply for help from the Switchover Help Scheme ( For £40 (or free for those on income-related benefits), people aged 75 and over, eligible for certain disability benefits, registered blind or partially sighted or living in care homes are entitled to receive practical help to switch one TV set to digital, including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare. Eligible people can receive help for a second set even if they have already converted a TV by themselves.

The Help Scheme has written directly to everyone who is eligible – people must respond to get the help. The Help Scheme’s Regional Manager, Caroline Byng, can be contacted on 07590 306930 and would be happy to help with any questions you may have in the run-up to switchover.

Other support: At the two stages of switchover there will be advice points where people can drop in for face-to-face help. There will also be roadshows at both stages of switchover in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Taunton and Weston-Super-Mare.

As always, if there is any matter that I can help you with concerning switchover, then please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.

Best wishes,
Bill Taylor
South West Regional Manager, Digital UK
phone 01963 350596

The latest news about digital television switchover


Former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin and switchover mascot Digit Al join forces next week in Bristol, Bath and Swindon to launch the Switchover Help Scheme’s Helping Hand campaign. The Mendip transmitter group, serving Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, starts the switch on 24 March. Helping Hand urges everyone to make sure older and disabled people in their area know about the practical help they can get from the Help Scheme to switch to digital TV…………read more