RTBF repairs will take at least six months

May 28, 2014 07.31 Europe/London By Robert Briel

RTBF fire at WavreBelgian Franch language public broadcaster RTBF said that it will take at least six months before its main transmitter site at Wavre will be back on the air.

The broadcaster’s FM-radio, DAB and DVB-T transmitters went off air, after fire destroyed major parts of the equipment. Police said the fire was an act of sabotage and that they are now studying images from CCTV cameras.

RTBF said it will erect a temporary mast at the Wavre site for its FM broadcasts, but the maximum height of such a structure will be around 50 metres – as compared with the 232 metres high tower.

Reception in the city of Brussels and the French-speaking province of Brabant is affected, but a local DTT transmitter in the Belgian capital continues to broadcast the three RTBF channels and Euronews on DVB-T.