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Over a million viewers lose TV signal following transmitter fire

Fire at Bilsdale transmitter has led to TV signal being switched off "indefinitely"

TV and radio signals for over 1 million viewers in the North East of England are off “indefinitely” following a fire at the Bilsdale transmitter in North Yorkshire.

The transmitter, owned by Arqiva, was hit by a fire yesterday which disrupted signals to Freeview viewers in its signal area.

In a message on Twitter, Arqiva said TV and radio services remain turned off at the site. “We are waiting to assess the damage caused,” said the tweet. “Our teams are currently mobilising temporary equipment to site however we are unable to provide specific timelines for restoration of any services at this point.”

Freeview is advising its customers they can still watch via connected Freeview Play TV’s and as well as its mobile app or on a web browser.

The 314-metre structure was built in 1969 to bring colour television to Teesside for the first time.