All set to join the digital revolution

Morpeth resident Vera Tyler meets Maggie Philbin as part of the Digital UK Help Scheme.''.

Morpeth resident Vera Tyler meets Maggie Philbin as part of the Digital UK Help Scheme.''.

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A FORMER Tomorrow’s World presenter came to Morpeth to reassure residents about their television future.

Maggie Philbin was among the team at Sanderson Arcade who spoke to eligible members of the Help Scheme about the support available for the switch to digital next year.

The North East is set for the switch-over, when the traditional analogue television signal will be turned off and replaced with a digital signal, in September next year.

Ms Philbin said: “Although switch-over is a long way off, some people may already be worried about what they need to do.

“The good news is they don’t have to be.

“I’m here to reassure people that help is at hand from the Switch-over Help Scheme, which will supply eligible people with everything they need to make the switch to digital in plenty of time for switch-over.”

People are eligible if they are aged 75 or over, are registered blind or partially sighted, have lived in a care home for six months or more or are eligible for certain disability benefits.

They will be able to get easy to use equipment to convert one set, an approved installer to supply and install the necessary equipment and a 12-month aftercare service including a free helpline.

For more information about the scheme visit www.helpscheme.co.uk

Advice on switching to digital is available from Digital UK at www.digitaluk.co.uk or by telephone on 08456 505050.