Storms impact TV and radio reception

Stormy weather has had an impact on some TV and radio services in the UK.

MuxCo, operator of the local DAB digital radio service in Mid and West Wales, reported storm damage at its Preseli transmitter site, which affected availability of its services between 0500 and 1545 GMT on Sunday in the Pembrokeshire area, while BBC DAB services from Tunbridge Wells went off air just after 0600 GMT Monday.

There were also problems at the Manningtree transmitter affecting FM and DAB reception around the Essex/Suffolk border.

 BBC's Radio and TV Investigation Service has issued the following statement:
 "Due to the severe weather conditions, some viewers and listeners in parts of Southern England may be experiencing short term disruption to BBC Television and Radio services. Do not attempt to auto-tune your set. If you have already retuned you may need to complete a manual retune to restore usual services."

Initial reports suggest Freeview services were affected during Sunday at Freeview relays including Newhaven (E Sussex) and Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire), plus short outages at Maesteg in South Wales and Great Missenden (Buckinghamshire). During the early hours of Monday, local relays at Combe Martin and Tavistock (Devon) were affected.

Viewers can check to see if transmitters in their area are affected by any faults by using the Radio and Television Investigation service Postcode Checker at Some sudden outages will take a short while to appear on the website, which receives fault updates 24/7.

Viewers should check cables and their own aerial installation before raising any fault. Water may in some instances have crept into the cabling, or the wind may have realigned the aerial slightly to impair reception.

Satellite TV viewers are not expected to be affected, except in instances where the wind has moved the satellite dish (even a slight misalignment can have a detrimental affect) or water damaged cabling. Satellite TV reception may temporarily deteriorate during heavy downpours.

Freesat has been tweeting information for viewers, advising that viewers affected by satellite alignment problems caused by the high winds can ring their call centre on 0845 3130051 from 8am Monday morning.

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