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BBC to make Freeview technical changes in parts of the West Midlands

UPDATED | Some viewers in the West Midlands may need to retune their Freeview receivers on the 1st June 2016 in order to continue receiving all BBC channels.

Technical changes are being made to the signal from The Wrekin transmitter, as well as transmitters in Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke, which will affect BBC standard definition channels on Freeview.

Most receivers are expected to handle the background technical change automatically, but anyone who loses BBC channels on the 1st June in these areas should retune. Viewers who need help on the day are being advised to consult Digital UK, the organisation responsible for managing technical aspects of the Freeview service. Digital UK has more information on retuning here.

The changes are due to the forthcoming expansion of BBC Local Radio via Freeview, a move which will enable the BBC to carry up to five local radio stations in each part of England. Already tests are taking place, but in some places slight changes are needed in order to accommodate the most appropriate stations for each area in advance of the stations officially appearing on the Freeview channel list.

a516digital understands that the change is allow Freeview users receiving from The Wrekin, Lark Stoke or Bromsgrove transmitter groups to receive BBC Radio Shropshire on channel 721 instead of BBC Radio Derby, which will be transmitted elsewhere in the West Midlands on channel 721, due to the overlap of West Midlands TV signals into parts of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

The BBC will shortly be making a formal announcement about which stations will be available in each area from June 2016. In the meantime, details about the BBC Local Radio stations that are due to arrive on Freeview soon are available here.