The temporary TV transmitter at Bilsdale is due to go live later this week.

Engineers say that with the good weather forecast, Arqiva, which operates the mast, is planning to test the new, temporary Bilsdale transmitter tomorrow, Tuesday.

The new mast will then go fully live from 6am on Wednesday.

It's hoped the new mast will restore TV signals to thousands of homes across the region.

Freeview, which provides digital TV signals, said those viewers who currently have a working TV signal are likely to face disruption tomorrow.

A spokesperson said: “It is very likely you will experience disruption during the day tomorrow.

“It’s important that you don’t retune your TV tomorrow, as a signal will be restored for the evening’s TV viewing.

“Providing the final tests tomorrow are successful, the new Bilsdale mast will be operational from 6am onwards on Wednesday.”

Viewers have been told they should retune their TV set after that point.

Details on how to do this can be found at www.bilsdalemast.co.uk/retune-instructions/