THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
|Photos by Tony Mann, Nik Fox, Mark Harris and BBC Look East News||Page last updated: 2020-02-28|
|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:
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.
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.
11.15 GMT. Radio 1 and BBC National DAB
17.50 GMT. Peterborough local DAB
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.|
Bow Brickhill | Cambridge (Madingley) | Gunthorpe | Hinchingbrooke | Northampton | Oxford | Sutton Coldfield | Tacolneston
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