The Beckley TV transmitter is back online after a fire left 400,000 homes without TV reception

Around 400,000 households have had their television reception restored after a fire at an Oxfordshire transmitter.

The brand-new Beckley antenna, which had just been turned on in advance of the area's digital switchover in 2011, was engulfed by fire yesterday.

It transmits across Oxfordshire and parts of Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

Arqiva, which operates the site, says reception has been restored using a reserve antenna. Engineers will inspect the damaged mast today.

An Arqiva spokesman says: "There may be some brief daytime interruptions on Friday as we allow people to climb up the transmitter to inspect it."

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