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- TUE 7TH DEC (1AM): Violent storm force winds expected in south west Ireland later
- TUE 7TH DEC (12PM): 2RN statement regarding Storm Barra outages
- TUE 7TH DEC (3PM): Temporary Bilsdale transmitter off the air
- TUE 7TH DEC (11.30PM): BBC Three on BBC One DOG’s mess on iPlayer
- WED 8TH DEC (4PM): Channel 4 returns to Freesat
- WED 8TH DEC (10PM): BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten coming from Salford
- THU 9TH DEC (1PM): BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Audio partnership for network productions
- FRI 10TH DEC (11.30AM): Eamonn Holmes signs for GB News
- SAT 11TH DEC (5.30PM): Sky Sports apologises for crash footage in Christmas ident
- SUN 12TH DEC (5PM): Boris Johnson statement to be televised on BBC One, ITV and news channels
- SUN 12TH DEC (9PM): Questionable use of ECP on BBC One
Tuesday 7th December
1am Violent storm force winds expected in south west Ireland later
A red alert has been issued by Met Éireann for the south west of Ireland tomorrow. Violent storm force winds are expected in that region during the day. Other parts of the island are covered by amber and yellow wind warnings.
The UK Met Office has issued yellow wind warnings for many parts of the country. There are also yellow warnings for heavy snow in parts of Scotland, northern England and central England.
The adverse weather is likely to cause damage to domestic TV aerials and satellite dishes. Power outages and damage at TV and radio transmitter sites is also possible.
12pm 2RN statement regarding Storm Barra outages
The 2RN statement was issued via the Saorview website and associated social media: “2RN has advised that reception in some areas will be affected by rolling ESB outages today (Tuesday 7th December 2021) due to Storm Barra.
“ESB Networks crews are working nationwide to restore power in affected areas. In the event of signal loss please do not retune your TV.”
3pm Temporary Bilsdale transmitter off the air
@FreeviewAdvice has tweeted that the Bilsdale temporary transmitter is currently out of action and that Arqiva is investigating.
Service was restored within an hour.
Later in the evening, Arqiva issued the following statement: “Bad weather conditions caused by Storm Barra meant that ice formed quickly on the temporary Bilsdale Mast earlier this afternoon. As a result, a safety measure to protect antennae on the temporary mast was tripped, which then caused a temporary loss of service.
“The outage lasted for 53 minutes before an engineer restored services at the site. Our team remain vigilant near the site and are monitoring the situation closely. We ask that viewers do not retune their TVs and apologise for any disruption caused.”
11.30pm BBC Three on BBC One DOG’s mess on iPlayer
Would it be possible for BBC One’s presentation team to liaise with the iPlayer team about the position of DOGs?
When BBC Three shows are broadcast on BBC One, we get this mess on iPlayer:
Wednesday 8th December
4pm Channel 4 returns to Freesat
Channel 4 HD has made a return to Freesat today after an absence of almost four years. Channel 4 exited the platform in February 2018 due to a disagreement over carriage fees.
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10pm BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten coming from Salford
Today’s BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten are coming from Media City in Salford.
Thursday 9th December
1pm BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Audio partnership for network productions
BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Audio have today announced a new partnership which will bring together their network radio teams in Wales and Bristol in a single unit, led from Cardiff, working across both sites.
Friday 10th December
11.30am Eamonn Holmes signs for GB News
Broadcaster and journalist Eamonn Holmes is joining GB News to host a new programme in the new year.
“I’ve spent my career on broadcasting firsts and start-ups, and GB News is one of the most exciting yet,” he said. “It’s just the kind of shake-up the industry needs.”
He added: “I’ve admired GB News from the beginning for its clever mix of punchy debate but delivered with warmth and even some fun. To me the greatest honour in journalism is to give a voice and respect to the unheard, and that’s exactly what GB News is all about.”
Saturday 11th December
5.30pm Sky Sports apologises for crash footage in Christmas ident
Sky Sports has apologised for including footage of F1 crashes in a Christmas ident: “We have apologised unreservedly to Max, Lewis and the teams for wrongly including footage of two crashes in an on air Christmas ident. This was a clear mistake and the images have been removed.”
Sunday 12th December
5pm Boris Johnson statement to be televised on BBC One, ITV and news channels
Boris Johnson is to make a statement at 8pm tonight, following an increase in the Covid-19 alert level (moved to 4 – transmission high and rising). The broadcast is expected to be about a significant expansion of the booster programme.
The statement will be carried live on BBC One, ITV and the news channels.
9pm Questionable use of ECP on BBC One
One of our readers drew our attention to an end credit promotion during tonight’s edition of Countryfile, which he thought was not appropriate. We tend to agree. Not much point telling viewers they’re in for “a treat”, with some cello music to end the programme, only for the announcer to dive in and talk over most of it.
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