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Weak signals on Freeview as engineers make the most of summer

A large amount of engineering work on the UK's terrestrial TV network may cause some disruption to Freeview users.

Engineering work that might affect reception due to transmitters running at reduced power is currently ongoing at many of the UK's main transmitter sites, with engineers making the most of any settled weather in the coming days to work on the masts and towers that broadcast the Freeview signal to millions of households.

Data from Digital UK confirms that Freeview viewers across many parts of the UK may experience a weak signal, resulting in picture break-ups or interruptions over the course of the next week.

Of the most notable transmitters affected this week, in the Anglia region, reception from the main transmitter at Sandy Heath, which covers Bedfordshire, south Northamptonshire as well as parts of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire is subject to a weak signal.

In the Midlands, the main transmitters serving the West and East Midlands at Sutton Coldfield and Waltham are subject to spells of weak signals. Additionally, in the West Midlands the transmitter at Brierley Hill may be affected, with work also taking place at a number of relays including Clun, Eardiston, Halesowen and Hope under Dinsmore as preparation work takes place ahead of a major frequency change across the West Midlands, expected early 2018.

In the former Granada TV region, the Winter Hill transmitter near Bolton may provide weaker than normal signals to viewers. The Winter Hill transmitter serves the majority of households in the North West of England.

In the London TV region, work is ongoing at the Guildford transmitter and the Skirmett relay.

Across Southern England, temporary disruption is possible for viewers receiving their signal from transmitters at Bluebell Hill (Medway), Dover, Hannington (Basingstoke & Reading), Heathfield, Oxford, Rowridge (Solent area) and Salisbury. In the West and South West, the main transmitter for parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire on the Mendip Hills is subject to reduced power, as is the main transmitter at Redruth (West Cornwall) and Caradon Hill (East Cornwall and West Devon), with possible disruptions to service from relays in Croyde, Tavistock, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Kingkerswell and South Brent.

Across Wales, the Carmel transmitter in the south-west is subject to reduced power. The Arfon relay in the north-west is liable to breaks in service.

In the Yorkshire TV region, a weak signal is possible from the transmitter at Belmont, which provides a TV signal across the East Riding of Yorkshire, most of Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

In Northern Scotland, viewers in parts of  Morayshire, Easter Ross, Caithness and North Sutherland may need to retune Freeview from 23rd August 2017, when frequencies change at the transmitters at Knockmore, Avoch, Balblair Wood, Craigellachie, Rumster Forest, Ben Tongue, Durness and Thurso. Viewers can find out more from Freeview's TV Changes webpage.

  • The Radio and TV Help website provides a live transmitter checker, which will confirm if any reception problems are due to engineering work at a local mast and provide information on any other problems that might affect Freeview reception.