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Freeview Summer Engineering Works

Freeview Summer Engineering Works

16 August 2017

Engineers will be taking advantage of the summer weather to take out essential maintenance work on Freeview transitters up and down the country over the following weeks. 

Digital UK confirms that millions of Freeview viewers may experience weak or no signal on Freeview as trasmitters and masts plan to transmit on lower strength resulting in picture break-ups or interruptions over the course of the following weeks.

Of the most notable transmitters affected this week, in the Anglia region, reception from the main transmitter at Sandy Heath, which covers Bedfordshire, south Northamptonshire as well as parts of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire is subject to a weak signal.

In the Midlands, the main transmitters serving the West and East Midlands at Sutton Coldfield and Waltham are subject to spells of weak signals. Additionally, in the West Midlands the transmitter at Brierley Hill may be affected, with work also taking place at a number of relays including Clun, Eardiston, Halesowen and Hope under Dinsmore as preparation work takes place ahead of a major frequency change across the West Midlands, expected early 2018.

In the former Granada TV region, the Winter Hill transmitter near Bolton may provide weaker than normal signals to viewers. The Winter Hill transmitter serves the majority of households in the North West of England.

In the London TV region, work is ongoing at the Guildford transmitter and the Skirmett relay.

Across Southern England, temporary disruption is possible for viewers receiving their signal from transmitters at Bluebell Hill (Medway), Dover, Hannington (Basingstoke & Reading), Heathfield, Oxford, Rowridge (Solent area) and Salisbury. In the West and South West, the main transmitter for parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire on the Mendip Hills is subject to reduced power, as is the main transmitter at Redruth (West Cornwall) and Caradon Hill (East Cornwall and West Devon), with possible disruptions to service from relays in Croyde, Tavistock, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Kingkerswell and South Brent.

Across Wales, the Carmel transmitter in the south-west is subject to reduced power. The Arfon relay in the north-west is liable to breaks in service.

In the Yorkshire TV region, a weak signal is possible from the transmitter at Belmont, which provides a TV signal across the East Riding of Yorkshire, most of Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.