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New TV relay site switched on in Blackhall Colliery as latest stage of Project Restore

Blackhall Colliery 26 May 2022: A new TV relay mast has been switched on to improve TV services for more than 6,000 households, Arqiva, the company that operates Bilsdale Mast, announced today.


Viewers in Blackhall Colliery, and areas to the north including eastern Peterlee, Horden and Easington Colliery may need to retune their TVs to benefit from the improvements, with Arqiva stressing there is advice available if anyone needs technical support.


Since the Bilsdale mast fire, Arqiva has restored TV services to around 99% of homes across the region, including an interim tower on Bilsdale Moor and the building of new relay stations to improve TV signals and overcome ‘not spots’.


Adrian Twyning, Chief of Operations at Arqiva, said:


“This latest relay site at Blackhall Colliery will improve services for more than 6,000 households in the area and is part of our concerted efforts to restore TV services to those affected by the Bilsdale Mast fire.


“During recent months, we have built a number of relay sites across County Durham, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire to improve TV signals and transmission and work is progressing well on the rebuilding of the full-size replacement mast.


“While some equipment may automatically retune, viewers in the area are advised to retune to benefit from the improvements. They can visit for more details of the change, information on how to retune their TV and how to get further help should they need it.”