Free­view view­ers fac­ing dis­rup­tion

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Linzi Wat­son

TV view­ers in Dum­bar­ton could ex­pe­ri­ence dis­rupted view­ing this week as ma­jor engi­neer­ing work takes place at a trans­mit­ter in Ros­neath.

Free­view have warned those who use their ser­vice that they might lose re­cep­tion as an an­tenna is re­placed at the top of the 114m mast – with the help of a he­li­copter.

They say that the work is es­sen­tial to pre­pare for a fu­ture change toTV air­waves re­quired by the UK Gov­ern­ment and Of­com. Satel­lite and ca­ble TV ser­vices are not af­fected.

On-screen mes­sages will no­tify view­ers ahead of the work which is ex­pected to be­gin this week, sub­ject to weather con­di­tions, and will run un­til Oc­to­ber 26.

Guy North, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Free­view, said: “Engi­neer­ing work is re­quired at the Ros­neath trans­mit­ter to free up air­waves for mo­bile broad­band and re­gret­tably this can­not be done with­out af­fect­ing re­cep­tion for some view­ers.

“We’re sorry for any dis­rup­tion this causes to our view­ers and engi­neers will be work­ing to re­store ser­vices to nor­mal as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Free­view bosses say that any­one af­fected by the work may be able to re­tune to the Mill­burn Muir trans­mit­ter to re­store their main chan­nels.

The Mill­burn Muir re­lay trans­mit­ter broad­casts around 20 Free­view chan­nels in­clud­ing BBC One, BBCTwo, STV, Chan­nel 4, Chan­nel 5, ITV2, BBC Alba, BBC Four, Chan­nel 4+1, More 4, Film4, ITV4, E4, STV+1, Film4+1, CBBC, CBee­bies, BBC News and BBC Par­lia­ment, plus a num­ber of HD and ra­dio ser­vices.

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