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Photos by Tony Mann, Nik Fox, Mark Harris and BBC Look East News Page last updated: 2020-02-28

It's Fallen Down!! Aftermath - 31st October 2004

At about 10pm on Saturday 30th October 2004, the 1959 vintage, 200 Tonne, 153m mast at Peterborough, suffered a serious structural failure and collapsed, falling onto the transmitter building. A fire engulfed the building which took twenty fire fighters, five hours to bring under control, pumping 2000 gallons of water onto the blaze, finally extinguishing the fire in the small hours of Sunday 31st. There were no casualties but of course all services from Peterborough went off the air!

The following services were lost:

BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 plus dependant relays sites at Bow Brickhill, Cambridge (Madingley) and Northampton.

Classic FM and Radio Cambridgeshire

BBC, Digital One and Peterborough DAB multiplexes

BBC National Radio Nicam programme feed

Peterborough DAB programme feed to Hitchingbrooke

Various mobile phone services

Restoration of services:

Sunday 31-Oct-2004

1720 GMT ntl were providing temporary low-power service of Classic FM and DAB from their nearby Gunthorpe site.

1800 GMT BBC Programme feeds to the Bow Brickhill and Cambridge (Madingley) relays via alternative RBL sources from Oxford and Tacolneston, respectively.

Monday 1-Nov-2004

0100 GMT. BBC programme feeds to Northampton (relaying R1 from Oxford, R2 from Bow Brickhill and R3 and R4 from Sutton Coldfield).

21.55 GMT. Radios 2, 3, 4 and Cambridgeshire from an aerial about halfway up the adjacent BT concrete tower at about 800 W ERP, VP. The programme feeds were RBL Sutton Coldfield for R2, R3 & R4 and an SHF link from Cambridge (Madingley) for Radio Cambridgeshire.

Tuesday 2-Nov-2004

11.15 GMT. Radio 1 and BBC National DAB

17.50 GMT. Peterborough local DAB

Wednesday 10-Nov-2004

14.30 GMT. BBC FM radio services transferred to an aerial at the top of the BT tower. ERP increased to 4 kW (2.5 kW R. Cambridgeshire)

Below: two screen-grabs from BBC Look East News

Below: three photos from Nik Fox

Finally an overview of the site from Mark Harris

and - making an exception and breaking the mb21 rules and regulations for image dimensions - a larger version of the same photo.

Peterborough index

Bow Brickhill | Cambridge (Madingley) | Gunthorpe | Hinchingbrooke | Northampton | Oxford | Sutton Coldfield | Tacolneston

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