Fire takes RTBF DTT transmitters off air

May 26, 2014 20.00 Europe/London By Robert Briel

fire at RTBF transmitter WavreA serious fire has taken the main RTBF DTT, DAB and FM radio transmitters in Wavre, around 30 kilometres from Brussels, off air.

The channels involved are the DTT transmissions of RTBF La Une, La Deux, La Trois, and Euronews, as well as radio stations a Prem1ère, Pure FM and VivaCité. First local repoets suggests the fire is an act of sabotage.

Sunday morning, May 24, at 4.30am, a fire destroyed the ground cables of the transmitter antenna of the French-speaking Belgian Radio and Television RTBF.

Later that day, at 6.30am, another fire damaged the installations of the Flemish-speaking radio and television VRT at Velten (near Leuven). The Belgian authorities said it was difficult for the time being to say if a link existed between the two fires.

According to public broadcaster RTBF the cable, satellite and IPTV distribtuion of the TV chnanels is not impacted. A low-power TV transmitter serves the city of Brussels. However, homes served in a area of 50 kilometres around Brussels are now without a DTT signal.