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Winter Hill in danger as fires merge and close in

Serves entities North West region (June 2018)

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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Getting really close now and despite the best efforts of the fire service and army it seems mother nature is dictating this one.




https://www.a516digital.com/2018/06/major-fire-puts-granada-region-tv-and.html?m=1

Would also affect radio services. More pics here:
http://radiotoday.co.uk/amp/2018/06/winter-hill-fire-could-disrupt-radio-services/
Last edited by Brekkie on 30 June 2018 9:24pm - 2 times in total
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Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
Will the mergers result in a rebrand?
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dbl London London
Getting really close now and despite the best efforts of the fire service and army it seems mother nature is dictating this one.





Would also affect radio services. More pics here:
http://radiotoday.co.uk/amp/2018/06/winter-hill-fire-could-disrupt-radio-services/


Stunning but terrifying photo. Obviously, Winter Hill has no sister transmitter (unlike Crystal Palace and Croydon in London) - really hope they can save it.

Jon posted:
Will the mergers result in a rebrand?

Keeping on brand for TVF Wink
MA
mapperuo STV North Reporting Scotland
Even at that distance from the base of the tower it could be affecting the guy wires? Not sure the heat of the fire of course.. Fingers crossed they get it out. Sad
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Do Virgin Media still get their ITV regions from the transmitters? Will that go black too?
IS
Inspector Sands
This is being discussed on the Granada thread too. Maybe those posts should be brought over here?

If not, here's my post speculating about the possible issues it could cause:
https://tvforum.uk/forums/post1120168#post-1120168
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I’m guessing they’ve probably saturated the land to ensure the fire doesn’t move any further in that direction.
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BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Presumably the fibre fed sites can also get the back up satellite distribution too?

Of course it carries a lot of radio as well, though (I didn't realise until I just looked at mb21) not the Manchester stations like BBC Manchester and Key 103


A bit off topic, I know, but Key 103 no longer exists under that name.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/06/hits-radio-manchester-replaces-key-103/

EDIT: Also, how far do any temporary masts cover, because surely if Winter Hill goes down, it would take a load of relays down with it, and how would any temporary transmitter cover any relays?
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IS
Inspector Sands
I’m guessing they’ve probably saturated the land to ensure the fire doesn’t move any further in that direction.

Doesn't sound like it. There's a lack of water up there so they're having to bring it all up in tanks. Doesn't sound like they'd have enough to saturate miles of land, even by helicopter
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 30 June 2018 9:52pm
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
There's some video here showing the Firefighters efforts over the last 48 hours or so.

Inspector Sands, London Lite and Brekkie gave kudos
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
So if you have Sky or Freesat, you should be ok as the uplink to the satellites isn't affected. I suppose Freeview viewers will become reliant on VOD services or the likes of TV Player.

Virgin is the one where we don't really know, I suspect they use terrestrial links.
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I supppse the other big risk other than the mast coming down is cutting the power to it if it gets too close. Don't want that coming down whilst power is still going up the thing.

Some video of the firefighting efforts over the last few days.



Kind of reminds me of the fire at the Peterborough/Morbourne mast in 2004. Obviously that only served local and national radio and the fire started up the mast but when it collapsed on bonfire night it knocked out radio for a good few days/weeks in the area.

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