Posted August 23, 2017 - Regional News

Freeview viewers in Fodderty and Inverness may need to retune their TV equipment on 6 September 2017 to continue watching programmes.

 Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services.1 Following a decision by Ofcom, the media regulator, transmitters across the UK are being updated region by region as part of a major engineering programme being carried out between now and 2020.

Engineering work will begin at the Fodderty and Inverness local transmitters at 9am and Freeview channels including BBC One, STV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BBC Alba will be subject to disruption until lunchtime. After this, any viewers receiving their TV signal from these who find they are missing channels should retune to get them back. Satellite and cable TV services are not affected.

Around 10,000 homes are served by these transmitters. Freeview will be running an information campaign to prepare people for the change, including advertising and on-screen messages.

 Retuning should be straightforward and some TV equipment will retune automatically. Anyone who needs advice, or who finds they are still missing services after retuning, can visit the Freeview website at or contact the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288. Some older aerials may need to be replaced to continue receiving all channels. Help will be available for viewers where this is the case.2

Further information is available online at

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 Freeview is working with Digital UK, broadcasters and Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited to provide information and support for viewers.

  1. In November 2014 Ofcom announced its decision to reallocate some airwaves used by Freeview to allow for the future launch new mobile services.
  2. Viewers in need of a replacement aerial to receive affected services following the change can seek help via the Freeview Advice Line.
  3. Equipment for other services that use Freeview channels, such as YouView, BT TV, TalkTalk, may also need to be retuned.


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