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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 # City BBC region HQ ITV region HQ population FV VM
Angus 2 Dundee     154,674 good no
Belmont 2 Hull BBC Hull   301,416 no no
Bilsdale 2 Middlesbrough     142,691 part yes
Bilsdale 2 York     137,505 good yes
Black Hill 2 Glasgow BBC Scotland STV Central 629,501 good yes
..& Craigkelly 2 Edinburgh     430,082 poor yes
Caldbeck 2 Carlisle   ITV Border 101,000 good no
Caradon Hill 2 Plymouth BBC South West   243,795 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 London BBC London ITV London 7,172,091 good yes
Crystal Palace 2 Southend-on-sea     160,257 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Slough     126,276 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Watford     120,960 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Crawley     100,547 no yes
Divis 2 Belfast BBC NI UTV 276,459 good yes
Divis 2 Lisburn     110,000 no no
Durris 2 Aberdeen   STV North 212,125 good no
Emley Moor 2 Leeds BBC North ITV Yorkshire 443,247 poor yes
Emley Moor 2 Wakefield     316,000 good yes
Emley Moor 2 Bradford     293,717 no yes
Emley Moor 2 Huddersfield     146,234 good yes
Emley Moor 2 Rotherham     117,262 no yes
Fenton 2 Stoke-on-Trent     259,252 good yes
Hannington 2 Reading     232,662 no yes
Heathfield 2 Eastbourne     106,562 no yes
Hemel Hempstead 2 St. Albans     130,000 good yes
Kilvey Hill 2 Swansea     169,880 good yes
Lancaster 2 Lancaster     135,000 good no
Leicester 1 Leicester     330,574 no yes
Londonderry 2 Londonderry     105,000 good yes
Bristol KW & IC 2 Bristol BBC West ITV W Country 420,556 good yes
Mendip 2 Bath     90,000 no yes
Nottingham 2 Nottingham BBC E Midlands   249,584 poor yes
Nottingham 2 Derby     229,407 no yes
Oxford 2 Swindon     155,432 no yes
Oxford 2 Oxford BBC Oxford   143,016 good yes
Pontop Pike 2 Newcastle upon Tyne BBC North East ITV North East 273,600 good yes
Pontop Pike 2 Sunderland     177,739 good no
Ridge Hill 2 Gloucester     123,205 no yes
Ridge Hill 2 Cheltenham     110,320 no yes
Ridge Hill 2 Worcester     93,000 no no
Rowridge 2 Southampton BBC South ITV Meridian 234,224 good yes
Rowridge 2 Portsmouth     186,000 no yes
Rowridge 2 Bournemouth     167,527 no yes
Poole * Poole     144,800 no yes
Rowridge 2 Chichester     108,000 no yes
Rowridge 2 Winchester     108,000 no yes
Salisbury 2 Salisbury     115,000 good yes
Sandy Heath 2 Northampton     189,474 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Luton     185,543 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Milton Keynes     184,506 no no
Sandy Heath 2 Peterborough     136,292 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Cambridge BBC Cambridge   113,442 no yes
Sheffield 2 Sheffield     439,866 good yes
Stockland Hill 2 Exeter     106,772 no yes
Sudbury 2 Ipswich     138,718 no yes
Sudbury 2 Colchester     104,390 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Birmingham BBC W Midlands ITV Central 970,892 part yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Coventry     303,475 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Wolverhampton     251,462 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Dudley     184,619 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Walsall     170,994 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 West Bromwich     136,940 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Sutton Coldfield     105,452 good yes
Tacolneston 2 Norwich BBC East ITV Anglia 174,047 part yes
The Wrekin 2 Telford     138,241 good yes
Wenvoe 2 Cardiff BBC Wales ITV Wales 292,150 good yes
Wenvoe 2 Newport     116,143 good yes
Whitehawk Hill 2 Brighton     256,600 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Liverpool     469,017 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Manchester BBC North West ITV Granada 394,269 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Salford     221,300 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Preston     184,836 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Blackpool     142,283 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Bolton     139,403 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Stockport     136,082 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Blackburn     105,085 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Oldham     103,544 no no
Winter Hill 3 St. Helens     102,629 no yes
Winter Hill* 5* Chester     118,000 good no

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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 GB flag

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 38,910 posts GB flag

8:03 PM

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

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
8:59 AM

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 flag
G's: mapG's Freeview map terrainG's terrain plot wavesG's frequency data G's Freeview Detailed Coverage

8:59 AM

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

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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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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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