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Digital switchover gets poetic in Hull
Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan is the region's official "digi-poet"

Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan launched the countdown to digital switchover in Hull.

The Barnsley bard has written a special work celebrating the public's love of television.

The performance in a Hull shopping centre was designed to raise awareness of the region's upcoming switchover from analogue to digital television.

The change happens in August this year.

After that anyone without digital receiving equipment will not be able to get any television.

In order to receive the new digital services, most people will need a Freeview or Freesat ready television.

Older TVs will need an external digital box from Freeview, or one of the satellite or cable boxes provided by Sky, Freesat, Virgin or BT Vision.

More information is available from Digital UK at

Or through an advice line on 08456 50 50 50.

People aged 75 and over, those eligible for certain disability benefits, registered blind or living in care homes are entitled to help from a BBC run Switchover Help Scheme.

For £40 they will get the equipment they need to switch one TV per household to digital, as well as its installation and advice on how to use the new service.

If you are eligible and you also get pension credit, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA(IR)), income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance, all of the above will be free."

Those eligible should be contacted directly before the switchover, but more information is available on 0800 40 85 900 and online at

If you already have Freeview, then you will still have to retune on August the 3rd and 17th 2011.

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