Chinese state broadcaster-owned news channel streams back on to Freeview via unregulated back door.
Viewers in Ripon, Catterick, Stockton and Darlington areas will be able to receive Freeview channels from a 15 meter mast built at Arncliffe Wood.
Attempts by BT and Sky to restrict the availability of Freeview have been thwarted by the Government. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed that licences to broadcast Freeview multiplexes can be extended until 2034.
Freeview reception relies on line of sight or near line of sight to the transmitter, at least at roof-top level. The location and height of the transmitter mast determines the maximum theoretical range of the transmitter – i.e. how far away it can be received.
Part of the Freeview service for the Tyne Tees region has gone live on satellite to service areas cut-off by the Bilsdale transmitter fire.
A temporary 80 metre mast will be built close to the fire-damaged Bilsdale mast to provide TV and radio coverage for further households.
Operator of the fire-damaged transmitter expects to give viewers a ‘firm timeframe’ for restoration of services on Friday afternoon
Viewers in the Hartlepool and Redcar area can now receive a limited Freeview service, but will need to retune to temporary frequencies.
A temporary transmitter and mast is on its way to Bilsdale, North Yorkshire, in order to restore TV, radio and mobile services in the area.
The operator of the fire damaged transmitter mast have confirmed that a temporary solution is being prepared to restore TV and radio across North Yorkshire and Teesside.