UK TV and radio reception "notspots" forecast


Atmospheric conditions are once again forecast to cause problems with TV and radio reception this week as high pressure and foggy conditions linger over parts of the UK.

The troposphere can enhance long-distance reception, but affect reception of local TV and radio transmitters. The effects of atmospheric interference can vary between a few hours or days, with northern England, southern Scotland and the south coast likely to be most prone.

Last week, a number of viewers reported some temporary issues with their Freeview reception as a result of weather conditions. Viewers who are frequently affected during certain weather conditions may need to check if their current reception method is the most appropriate. Along the South and East coast, additional transmitters that went live at digital switchover now provide alternative ways of receiving Freeview signals.

Scheduled work
In addition, transmitter work scheduled to affect masts serving Hawick and Galashiels will result in a period of shutdown during working hours this week, meaning some households will temporarily lose Freeview channels. Exact timings are subject to weather conditions, with the BBC-operated live transmitter checker able to provide concerned households with information.

Meanwhile, work at the BBC's Salisbury DAB transmitter will result in poor or no reception for periods of time during normal working hours between the 6th and 8th December 2016. FM radio listeners in the Loch Fyne area of Scotland may have poor reception during working hours on the 8th December 2016. In Glengorm, FM reception is subject to reception issues on 9th December.

Update: overnight transmitter work at North Devon's Huntshaw Cross transmitter to affect radio reception in the area from 8th to 9th December 2016.



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