TV VIEWERS who still watch in analogue using the traditional method with aerial plugged into the rear of the TV receiver, without a set top box, like myself will have almost certainly experienced a degradation in picture quality since about early June.

Upon making a call to the BBC's information line to enquire, I was told indeed the power at the Alexandra Palace television transmitter (which covers a vast area of north London) had been reduced in the wake of work on the digital TV.

It was not clear if or when power would be restored to its former capacity.

Understandably, TV companies have kept quiet about this and to my knowledge there has been no public announcement, save one brief news item.

It is no secret that the government wants everyone off analogue onto digital, but if this ramping down of the signal leaving TV licence payers with poor reception is a bid to shoehorn the public by stealth, shame on the powers that be.

It also renders other services carried by the analogue signal, such as Ceefax, unusable.

Can we expect the same sleight of hand when the government decides we should all bin our radio receivers and go digital?

DAVE DEGEN Whippendell Road