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MBrighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from 7th March
Thursday 26 January 2012 12:08PM
Dave Lindsay: I didn't say that people will be repositioning their arials towards Rowridge. That would, of course, be rather silly considering BBC South will no longer cover them after switchover. I was saying that there are many houses in Brighton and Hove, especially going towards Worthing, where people already have their arials pointing towards Rowridge, and this has always been the case. With the BBC re-aligning their news service, there is a need for people In Brighton & Hove currently receiving signals from Rowridge to reposition their arials towards to Whitehawk, otherwise they will receive no local news coverage after switchover. As I said, this has not been publicied locally at all, so numerous households will suddenly find themselves with no local news and having to fork out for contractors to reposition their arials towards Whitehawk. I can't see any landlords forking out for this, so private tenants are going to have to get used to watching Portsmouth get excellent coverage, whilst they get none! . The whole thing has been ill thought out, not publicised, and now thousands of people will have to fork out money for arial repositioning, all because someone in an office somewhere arbitrarily decided to mess around with the current set-up!!
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Thursday 26 January 2012 9:08AM
I live in Brighton and currently receive South Today on analogue and Freeview, which I'm perfectly happy with, mainly because Brighton & Hove is better connected to the west by continuous areas of civilisation and separated from the east by vast plains of countryside. I also have Freesat, which defaults to the South-East region on BBC1. However I have changed my preferred region in the Freesat settings menu to BBC1 South, again for the reasons above, but also because the picture I receive for the South region is much sharper; the South-East picture always seems blurred! Strangely, ITV on all platforms comes from the South and again I'm perfectly happy with this set-up, although I don't care much for what's happening over in Oxford or Ramasgate, but that's ITV cost cutting for you!
One problem I can see after switchover, if BBC South stop covering Brighton, is that there are many houses in the Brighton area that have arials pointing towards Rowridge. So, their occupents will be in for a shock come March! I can't see many people - especially the elderly or private tenants - clambering up onto their rooftops and adjusting their arials in order to receive the correct region. This re-alignments of the news service has not been publicised locally at all, so nobody with arials point towards Rowridge will know they need to make adjustments until after the event - a bit of a shoddy job by whoever is managing the re-alignment! I'm sure they will still get a nice juicy bonus at the end of it though!!