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TV retune for West Midlands digital switchover

Digital television viewers in parts of the West Midlands will have to retune their sets on Wednesday as part of the final stage of the digital switchover.

Engineers turned off the analogue signal on transmitters in Fenton in Staffordshire and at Sutton Coldfield overnight.

Most households will be without BBC Two reception on Wednesday.

The BBC is running the Switchover Helpscheme to help people to convert their TV to digital.

'Still time'

Some new digital channels will also become available.

The Sutton Coldfield transmitter serves homes in Birmingham, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, while residents in Stoke-on-Trent use the Fenton service.

Peter Monteith, of Digital UK, said other channels would switchover in two weeks.

"BBC Two analogue system goes off first and the remaining analogue channels - BBC One, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, if you can get it - they're still available for another fortnight, so people have still got time to convert any televisions to digital if they haven't already done so."

To find out more, call the Helpscheme on 0800 40 85 910.

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