Lightning leaves viewers in dark

TV FANS in Warwick won’t know if Lynne had it out with Summer or what Paul is up to, after an agonising 48-hour blackout of a number of channels.

Last night technicians were working to get Neighbours back on after lightning hit the Mount Tabor transmitter on Wednesday, leaving some locals with just SBS and ABC.

The Daily News fielded dozens of phone calls from residents concerned about the length of time it was taking to solve the problem.

It affected both digital and analogue TVs.

Indeed, some even thought their own TV was playing up and went to purchase another.

Luckily, retailers informed the customers of the outage.

Marie Galloway said: “My husband thought it was our television that was playing up and he went to buy a new one.

“It was really kind of the shop assistants to let him know there was a problem all over town otherwise we’d have ended up with a new TV.”

A spokeswoman from WIN TV confirmed WIN and GO! were down and said all stations should have been back up and running by 5pm yesterday.

About 3pm she said: “Broadcast Transmission Services are on their way to the Mount Tabor tower.

“We had been waiting for a new part to turn up.

“The tower was damaged during a recent storm and we hope to have it back up and running within an hour or two.

“Both analogue and digital should be restored.”

However, Pam Van Spring said just before 6pm she was still without her favourite channels.

“I’m getting sick of the same channels,” she said.

Fitzroy Street’s Cheryl Hawker was one of many who lost their service.

She noticed it straight after the storm and said she was concerned about the length of time it was taking to fix it.

It is understood households in Warwick that receive their signal from a tower in the Granite Belt’s Passchendaele were unaffected and maintained normal service.


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