18 May 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Switch over to Digital television this month
Published Kent & Sussex Courier
Television viewers in West Kent and East Sussex are reminded to prepare for the digital switchover this month.
The anologue signal will be switched off on May 30th and residents must have a digital provider to watch television.
All new and exisiting digital customers must re-tune their televisions.
Trade companies watchdog Checkatrade has also warned people to be vigilant against cowboy contractors who could use the switchover to target vulnerable customers by charging high fees for unnecessary work.
It advises people to be wary of doorstep sellers or upfront payments, agree terms in advance and get three quotes.
BBC2 will be switched off on May 30 and all other analogue channels will be switched off on June 13. The switchover Help Scheme supports elderly and disabled people during the switchover.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Checkatrade helps combat the UK's rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local traders such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The idea was born in 1998 after a tornado hit the small West Sussex town of Selsey. Traders poured in from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester. Unfortunately, some ripped off the inhabitants of the town. Local businessman, Kevin Byrne, realised there was nowhere to check out the traders’ credentials and the company that became Checkatrade was formed.
Since then, Checkatrade has grown to include over 6,300 genuine trade members, growing by an average 120 new members every month, and, via the Royal Mail, distributes 5.9 million directories a year into communities throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset and Berkshire, while the website includes traders from across the UK.
PR / Marketing, Checkatrade
5 - 6 Sherrington Mews, Ellis Square, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 0FJ