TV viewers may have to retune

By | September 16, 2011

People who use Freeview in the Bath area and who get their pictures from the Mendip transmitter will need to retune their TV on September 28.

Changes to local signals are taking place at midnight the previous night and should be complete by midday.

All Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV boxes, as well as digital TVs, should be retuned after this to ensure they keep all their channels.

Those watching just satellite or cable are not affected.

The changes are necessary to allow signals to reach their full power levels, following the digital switchover in neighbouring areas.

The agency Digital UK is launching an information campaign to make people aware of the need to retune, and will place messages on Freeview viewers’ screens.

More information is at digitaluk.co.uk/retuning or the advice line, 08456 50 50 50.

The website has a postcode checker that estimates which transmitter the viewer is most likely to be watching. Or if you can receive ITV3 on button 10 on Freeview, you are served by Mendip.

Meanwhile, youngsters may watch more British children’s TV programmes and fewer American cartoons following intervention by Bath MP Don Foster, in his role as Liberal Democrat media spokesman.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to look at ways – including legislation – of forcing operators to put British channels higher up on TV electronic programme guides (EPGs).

Mr Foster questioned why “we allow some EPGs to have UK programme channels way down the list after all the American ones”.

He added: “Our children should be able to see programmes made here that are relevant to their lives, not just American cartoons.

“Adults fondly remember the classic UK-made programmes they enjoyed when they were young. Our children are getting nothing but re-runs and foreign imports that don’t reflect UK culture. The Government has agreed to look at how we could promote children’s television better.”

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