Part of Rhondda Valley hit by TV and radio blackout

A fire has knocked out television and radio reception in parts of the Rhondda Valley.

The Porth relay transmitter, which serves around 8,000 homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, including the town of Porth itself and surrounding areas, was knocked off air at 15:26 BST on Friday afternoon.

The mast, which fills in reception gaps between Pontypridd and Tonypandy, also carries six BBC radio stations on FM in addition to three Freeview multiplexes. Mobile phone networks also use the site.

Freeview is advising viewers that they can continue accessing TV through players such as BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub. Alternatively, live TV can be streamed via the Freeview app.

Sky and Freesat offer alternative options.

Emergency services have been in attendance, and transmitter mast owner Arqiva is working on restoring services.

  1. Update: Services were finally restored at around 12:30pm on Saturday.