TV services should be restored to the majority of homes affected by the Bilsdale mast fire as the temporary mast has been switched on.

The firm responsible for the mast, Arqiva, says engineers have worked 'round the clock' to erect the temporary mast after the original transmitter was destroyed by fire on August 10.

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Full Freeview channels should now be restored to 95 per cent of the households across North Yorkshire and County Durham affected by loss of signal.

An Arqiva spokesman said today: “A new, 80-metre temporary mast at Bilsdale has been switched on.

"It will restore TV services to approximately 95 per cent of households across the region.

The Northern Echo:

"Our engineers have worked around the clock over recent weeks to deliver this as the latest step in restoring services following the fire at Bilsdale in August.

"The switch on means that viewers will need to retune TVs and a guide on how to do this can be found at

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"There are additional engineering works throughout the day so we recommend doing this after 5pm today.

"As we have previously said, not everyone is covered by the switch on, and further details on help for those whose TV services are still affected from this evening will be set out tomorrow [Thursday] at”

Arqiva is still working on plans to fully restore services to the remaining households whose signal is not improved by the temporary mast.

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