Digital Switchover problem
Several hundred Copeland residents, including a number of my Bransty ward constituents and other people living in the area served by the Bleach Green transmitter, have been losing their TV signal.
One Bransty resident, who had an engineer at his house for six hours trying to solve the problem, told the Whitehaven News that
"We get the channels, then they keep going off, they come back on and then they are all broken."
It has been suggested that Digital UK were slow to recognise the problem but have now accepted that it does exist and are trying to solve it. There is a suggestion that the signal from a Scottish transmitter at Cambret Hill may be reaching the Whitehaven area, possibly enough to cause the Autotune function on set-top boxes to trying to set to the wrong signal.
Digital UK and others made the mistake of believing their own propaganda about how smoothly the original switchover in Whitehaven went in 2007, and missed the opportunity to learn lessons about the need for greater concentration on technical issues rather than marketing. Let us hope that this time the lessons are learned better.
You can read the full Whitehaven News report here.