The date for the start of the switchover to digital television in North Devon has been announced yesterday (Tuesday) by Digital UK, the independent body leading the process. The Huntshaw Cross transmitter group, serving North Devon, will begin the transi

The date for the start of the switchover to digital television in North Devon has been announced yesterday (Tuesday) by Digital UK, the independent body leading the process. The Huntshaw Cross transmitter group, serving North Devon, will begin the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting on Wednesday July 1, 2009. Digital UK's South West regional manager, Bill Taylor, teamed up with campaign mascot Digit Al to hit the beach at Croyde Bay with two surfers from Surf South West to launch the official 'one year countdown' Next year five TV transmitter groups in the West Country will switch to fully digital signals. After switchover, around 20 of the most watched Freeview channels will be available via an aerial to virtually all households for the first time; many households will receive approximately 40 channels.Information leaflets explaining the switchover and the options available for going digital are being delivered now to every home in the West Country TV region.Bill Taylor said: "Today is a real milestone in the programme for switchover in North Devon. "The Huntshaw Cross transmitter groups will start the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in a year's time. Every household will need to ensure their televisions are set up to receive a digital signal. "Viewers can check the services available in their area by calling the Digital UK helpline or visiting our website."Latest statistics from the Digital UK/Ofcom Tracker survey (Jan-Mar 08) indicate that 95 per cent of viewers in the West Country are aware of switchover, and 79 per cent know what they need to do. More than eight in ten households have converted one television set and more than half have converted all televisions in their household.Bill continued: "Our biggest concern is reaching elderly and vulnerable people during this process and making sure that they understand what needs to be done ahead of switchover. "We will be working hard to provide advice and help where it is needed most."Viewers in Cornwall can check their options for digital TV by visiting Digital UK's website at www.digitaluk.co.uk and entering their postcode. This gives details of the services viewers can expect before, during and after switchover. The Digital UK helpline can also be contacted on 08456 50 50 50.