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BBC move Lincoln transmitter into Lincolnshire

The Lincoln Central transmitter was previously in the "Waltham" East Midlands region for BBC news.

The Lincoln Central transmitter was previously in the  Waltham
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For historical reasons the Lincoln Town transmitter was part of the ITV Belmont region, but for some reason the BBC East Midlands.

The BBC has had a Lincolnshire region for some decades now, so it probably makes sense for the county town's transmitter to actually be in the BBC region with its name.

From yesterday, this is now the case.

As the transmitter only covers 840-3,000 homes in the Riverside area of Lincoln, and then with only analogue services, many viewers will probably be using the main Belmont transmitter for the Freeview and already get BBC Lincolnshire.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
3:09 PM

I live just outside Lincoln.
Properties in the area served by "Lincoln Central" are shielded from Belmont by a steep hill (hence the reason for the relay). In that area, if people are not using "Lincoln Central", their aerials are either directed to Waltham (East Mids) or Emley Moor (Yorks West). There are very few aerials in the affected area directed to Belmont. So the above "many viewers will probably be using the main Belmont transmitter" would appear to be inaccurate.

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Chris's 3 posts GB
3:24 PM

Chris: It's what I was told.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner GB
Monday, 24 January 2011
Des Collier
6:28 PM

Makes sense at least,they should get the same services i receive at dso.

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Des Collier's 171 posts Silver Silver GB
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
8:58 AM

Des Collier: I think that is the logic behind this.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner GB
10:27 AM

I think the change of feed to Lincoln central is simply to make the BBC region the same as the ITV1 region for switchover. This has happened at a number of relay sites where traditionally the BBC feed was from a different transmitter/region to that of ITV1. Lincoln (and Skegness) have always been covered by BBC East Midlands news and BBC Radio Lincolnshire part of the East Midland local radio network. The service from Belmont (which can be received in Derby) has a heavy emphasis on Humberside which is a large part of the Belmont coverage area but may not suit viewers who have more of an affinity with the East Midlands.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts Gold Gold GB
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
8:07 AM

KMJ,Derby: Yes, it would be very confusing if transmitters appeared to be in different regions.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner GB
4:11 PM Sheffield

Daft idea anyway having Lincoln in the "Yorkshire" region when much of Yorkshire is in the "Tyne Tees" region. However as I too get Belmont in Sheffield, it just goes to show that UHF television signals are difficult to predict, and that when existing regions are split further, viewers using different transmitters for perfectly good reasons will be confused.

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Steve's 27 posts Bronze Bronze GB
7:20 PM

Steve: In fact the digital signals are very predicable.

The reasons for the transmitter regions is that both BBC One and ITV1 started out as VHF regions, and the UHF regions were back-filled.

Also, for example, the Sheffield transmitter was only provided with BBC UHF services because Emley Moor fell down in 1969.

There's also the changes to the ITV regions that happened between some of the licensing rounds, for example Belmont moving to YTV from Anglia.

Also, there used to be competition BETWEEN the ITV companies, when there was only two or three channels. People in Yorkshire could also tune to TTTV to get a choice of programming, and many did.

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Briantist's 38,786 posts Owner Owner GB
Friday, 28 January 2011
Des Collier
7:00 PM

Briantist:- I was certainly able to do that,when i lived at home,i could pick up TYNE-TEES & ATV/CENTRAL,shame about it now,ITV is certainly worse off for it,no competition between companies for their programmes anymore.

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Des Collier's 171 posts Silver Silver GB
Monday, 31 January 2011
4:44 PM

Des Collier: Strange that, of course, ITV was supposed to get better when it merged into a single company, but if you look at the viewing figures the decline is very obvious.

The BBC has declined a little, but ITV has lost many viewers.

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