In the UK, public radio predicts an energy blackout

In particular, the public would be encouraged to use battery-powered radios. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

The BBC is said to have planned to send emergency messages for widespread power or gas blackouts lasting up to two days.

The BBC, Britain’s public service radio, is said to have quietly prepared messages to be broadcast on FM and television in the event of a general power cut or gas supply shortage this winter.

According to The Guardian, Behind the news, the messages in question anticipate a general blackout that could cause the failure of mobile networks, traffic lights and banking systems in England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland, for its part, would not be affected as it shares its electricity supply network with the Republic of Ireland.

In particular, the public would be encouraged to use battery-powered radio receivers so that they can continue to be well informed and hear emergency broadcasts. One document suggests that the anticipated blackout could last up to two days. One message says in particular:The government said it expected power to be restored within the next 36 to 48 hours. By then, different parts of Britain will start receiving intermittent supplies.“.

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Cooperation with the government

The BBC works closely with the government, as required by its public service role. But it is not known if the government this time participated in the development of these hypothetical scenarios in particular, he says. The Guardian. Public service media have an official role in the event of a major crisis in the country by disseminating essential information to support emergency services in particular. In case of emergency “a minister may request the BBC to broadcast or distribute any advertisement or other program“, specifies the official documents that govern the distribution of media.

According to The GuardianWhile the government has been as reassuring on several occasions, manager National Grid, which oversees Britain’s electricity supply, has issued a rare warning that power supplies could be at risk. “The organization said that, in the worst case, it could order planned blackouts of up to three hours a day if Russia cut off all gas supplies to Europe.”, also indicates the British newspaper.

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