Desmond takes its toll on TV and radio

Storm Desmond knocked out numerous television and radio transmitters across parts of northern England, Wales and Scotland over the weekend, following disruption to power supplies after over 30 hours of torrential rain and gales.

In and around Lancaster, DAB digital radio was lost for over 12 hours between Saturday evening and just before Sunday lunchtime, with the local transmitter broadcasting on reduced power resulting in a weak signal into Sunday evening.

Earlier in the weekend, Llangollen's DAB signal was out during late Friday evening.

Wind damage knocked community station Zetland FM off air over the weekend, after Storm Desmond damaged the station's transmitter on Redcar Beacon. In a message posted on Facebook on Sunday evening, the station said it hoped to be back on FM during Monday, referring listeners to its stream on the Tune In App in the meantime.

Freeview reception was knocked out from the Glenridding transmitter in Cumbria over the weekend. Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia was also affected by outages. Other affected transmitter sites included Kilmelford, Pooley Bridge, Glencoyne, Dolwyddelan, Kilbride South Uist, Daliburgh and Clettravel. Some transmitter sites temporarily carried a back-up service via satellite with the wrong regional news until normal service could be resumed.


  • You can check if there's a current problem at your local transmitter on the Radio and Television Investigation Service (RTIS) website. Reception problems where transmitters are not listed as having faults may be down to a problem closer to home, such as an aerial that's been misaligned by the wind, or water in the cables or other wear and tear caused by the recent bad weather.





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