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Local TV on Freeview

A quick look at where Local TV on Freeview may be viable

A quick look at where Local TV on Freeview may be viable
published on UK Free TV

The following table lists the cities with over 90,000 people in the UK, by their population level.

For each city, I have also listed the BBC and ITV local news service based there.

The first column lists the transmitter with at least one Interleaved Frequency covering the city population that can be used for a local television services on Freeview using the existing Ofcom post-switchover allocations. The second "#" column lists the number of Interleaved Frequencies on the transmitter, these are called "NEW7", "NEW8" and "NEW9".

The table is biased towards urban populations and is unfair to rural and island populations.

The actual coverage of the Interleaved Frequencies however is limited, so those transmitter where it does not provide coverage for the city or town is indicated with "OK:no", see Interleaved Frequencies maps to view the maps.

Interleaved#CityBBC region HQITV region HQpopulationFVVM
Angus2Dundee  154,674goodno
Belmont2HullBBC Hull 301,416nono
Bilsdale2Middlesbrough  142,691partyes
Bilsdale2York  137,505goodyes
Black Hill2GlasgowBBC ScotlandSTV Central629,501goodyes
..& Craigkelly2Edinburgh  430,082pooryes
Caldbeck2Carlisle ITV Border101,000goodno
Caradon Hill2PlymouthBBC South West 243,795noyes
Crystal Palace2LondonBBC LondonITV London7,172,091goodyes
Crystal Palace2Southend-on-sea  160,257noyes
Crystal Palace2Slough  126,276noyes
Crystal Palace2Watford  120,960noyes
Crystal Palace2Crawley  100,547noyes
Divis2BelfastBBC NIUTV276,459goodyes
Divis2Lisburn  110,000nono
Durris2Aberdeen STV North212,125goodno
Emley Moor2LeedsBBC NorthITV Yorkshire443,247pooryes
Emley Moor2Wakefield  316,000goodyes
Emley Moor2Bradford  293,717noyes
Emley Moor2Huddersfield  146,234goodyes
Emley Moor2Rotherham  117,262noyes
Fenton2Stoke-on-Trent  259,252goodyes
Hannington2Reading  232,662noyes
Heathfield2Eastbourne  106,562noyes
Hemel Hempstead2St. Albans  130,000goodyes
Kilvey Hill2Swansea  169,880goodyes
Lancaster2Lancaster  135,000goodno
Leicester1Leicester  330,574noyes
Londonderry2Londonderry  105,000goodyes
Bristol KW & IC2BristolBBC WestITV W Country420,556goodyes
Mendip2Bath  90,000noyes
Nottingham2NottinghamBBC E Midlands 249,584pooryes
Nottingham2Derby  229,407noyes
Oxford2Swindon  155,432noyes
Oxford2OxfordBBC Oxford 143,016goodyes
Pontop Pike2Newcastle upon TyneBBC North EastITV North East273,600goodyes
Pontop Pike2Sunderland  177,739goodno
Ridge Hill2Gloucester  123,205noyes
Ridge Hill2Cheltenham  110,320noyes
Ridge Hill2Worcester  93,000nono
Rowridge2SouthamptonBBC SouthITV Meridian234,224goodyes
Rowridge2Portsmouth  186,000noyes
Rowridge2Bournemouth  167,527noyes
Poole*Poole  144,800noyes
Rowridge2Chichester  108,000noyes
Rowridge2Winchester  108,000noyes
Salisbury2Salisbury  115,000goodyes
Sandy Heath2Northampton  189,474noyes
Sandy Heath2Luton  185,543noyes
Sandy Heath2Milton Keynes  184,506nono
Sandy Heath2Peterborough  136,292noyes
Sandy Heath2CambridgeBBC Cambridge 113,442noyes
Sheffield2Sheffield  439,866goodyes
Stockland Hill2Exeter  106,772noyes
Sudbury2Ipswich  138,718noyes
Sudbury2Colchester  104,390noyes
Sutton Coldfield2BirminghamBBC W MidlandsITV Central970,892partyes
Sutton Coldfield2Coventry  303,475noyes
Sutton Coldfield2Wolverhampton  251,462noyes
Sutton Coldfield2Dudley  184,619noyes
Sutton Coldfield2Walsall  170,994noyes
Sutton Coldfield2West Bromwich  136,940noyes
Sutton Coldfield2Sutton Coldfield  105,452goodyes
Tacolneston2NorwichBBC EastITV Anglia174,047partyes
The Wrekin2Telford  138,241goodyes
Wenvoe2CardiffBBC WalesITV Wales292,150goodyes
Wenvoe2Newport  116,143goodyes
Whitehawk Hill2Brighton  256,600goodyes
Winter Hill3Liverpool  469,017goodyes
Winter Hill3ManchesterBBC North WestITV Granada394,269goodyes
Winter Hill3Salford  221,300goodyes
Winter Hill3Preston  184,836goodyes
Winter Hill3Blackpool  142,283goodyes
Winter Hill3Bolton  139,403noyes
Winter Hill3Stockport  136,082noyes
Winter Hill3Blackburn  105,085noyes
Winter Hill3Oldham  103,544nono
Winter Hill3St. Helens  102,629noyes
Winter Hill*5*Chester  118,000goodno

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Monday, 7 March 2011
Mike Dimmick
3:28 PM

Reading's population on its present borough boundaries was 143,096 in 2001. It should be on this list.

As the largest borough in Hannington's coverage area, it would be the obvious first choice for a local TV service from this transmitter.

The borough boundaries, last revised in 1974, exclude a large suburban area to the south and south-east. If the surrounding areas were included, the population would be over 230,000. (Figures from List of largest United Kingdom settlements by population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts Platinum Platinum GB
4:21 PM

Mike Dimmick: Yes, that's true.

Also Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Colchester, Crawley, Dudley, Eastbourne, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Luton, Middlesborough, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Oldham, Poole, Rotherham, Slough, Southend, St Helens, Stockport, Sutton Coldfield, Swindon, Telford, Walsall, Watford and
West Bromwich.

I'll look into extending the list.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
8:03 PM

Mike Dimmick: I have updated the table to include 80 cities now, including Reading.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
8:59 AM Bridport

Can you please tell me if my area dt64bg will recieve the full freeveiw service.


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G A BARTLETT's 2 posts GB
G's: Freeview map terrain plot frequency data R&TI Service digitaluk trade DAB coverage
8:59 AM

G A BARTLETT: Yes, from 2012 you will get all six multiplexes.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Robin Window
1:51 PM

We currently receive Freeview from a relay ariel.
Will we ever get anymore channels than we currently receive or is the current allocation final?

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Robin Window's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Sunday, 12 April 2015
will calder
1:46 PM

I live in Dunfermline area of Fife, when I retune my tv as and when prompted , and after it has scanned and been saved.
I the have to select -Scotland then tab down to central, then am faced with the choice of Edinburgh or Glasgow or none, can you give me any guidance as to what I should set it for ?

Thank you


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Dave Lindsay
5:26 PM

will calder: The choice is actually one of which transmitter, so the answer depends on the direction of your aerial.

If it's roughly west south west then it's Black Hill which I assume is "Glasgow". If it's pointing east towards Craigkelly then "Edinburgh" is your choice.

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