More FM radio disruption for Central Scotland

FM radio listeners in the central belt of Scotland must once again factor in disruption to reception until early September.

More engineering work will take place at the Black Hill transmitter during the next five weeks affecting FM radio stations between 10:00 and 16:00, when reduced power may result in poor or no signal in some areas.  All UK-wide FM networks are reportedly due to be affected, as well as BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal.

Digital UK has warned of the possibility of a weak Freeview signal from the transmitter site, which supplies digital terrestrial TV services to much of Scotland's central belt.

According to the BBC, the engineering work at the Arqiva-owned mast, is to "secure the long term reliability of the antenna". But work will be weather dependent.

DAB digital radio services are not due to be affected by the work. Affected listeners can also tune in via satellite, cable or online platforms.

The reception alert for the Black Hill transmitter is a repeat of a similar warning issued on the 30th July last year that affected radio reception for much of August and September.

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