Local TV on Freeview - table of winners and losers
The table below details the areas covered (and not covered) by the new proposed local television on Freeview. Some of the most populous areas London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, Southampton and Bristol already are BBC and ITV regional centres, shown "BBC" and "ITV".
I have noted "Poor coverage" for cities and towns that have a proposed "interleaved frequency" where the population covered is below two-thirds. The predicted coverage is shown as the second column.
The "no transmitter" areas of Leicester, Coventry, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Derby, Salford have large populations, but no suitable transmitter for an interleaved frequency.
|London including Greater London area||97%||7714048||BBC ITV|
|Birmingham including Greater Birmingham area, part o||100%||2892768||BBC ITV|
|Leeds including Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wak||91%||2651704||BBC ITV|
|Manchester including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale||100%||2651704||BBC ITV|
|Newcastle including Gateshead, South Shields, Sund||90%||2410640||BBC ITV|
|Liverpool including St Helens, Widnes, Wigan, Wirral||99%||2121363||1st|
|Glasgow including East Kilbride, Motherwell, Paisley||88%||1807980||BBC ITV|
|Edinburgh including Dunfermline||48%||1470490||2nd|
|Cardiff including Newport, Bridgend||74%||1205320||BBC ITV|
|Falkirk including Stirling||74%||1108894||3rd|
|Southampton including Eastleigh, Fareham, parts of Is||54%||1108894||BBC ITV|
|Dundee including Arbroath, Perth||38%||940150||Poor coverage|
|Preston including Blackpool||97%||843724||4th|
|Middlesbrough including Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees||76%||699086||5th|
|Grimsby including Parts of Kingston upon Hull||100%||650873||6th|
|Belfast including Lisburn||96%||626766||BBC ITV|
|Sheffield including parts of Rotherham||63%||458022||8th|
|Guildford including Parts of Woking||29%||433915||Poor coverage|
|Ayr including Kilmarnock||65%||409809||9th|
|Brighton and Hove||65%||361596||10th|
|Stoke on Trent including Newcastle under Lyme||80%||361596||11th|
|Gloucester including Cheltenham||93%||337490||12th|
|Lancaster including Morecambe, Heysham||30%||337490||Poor coverage|
|Burnley including Nelson, Colne||68%||289277||13th|
|Reigate including parts of Crawley||62%||289277||14th|
|Swansea including Llanelli||61%||289277||15th|
|Hemel Hempstead including Parts of St Albans||34%||265170||16th|
|Oxford including Abingdon, Didcot||100%||265170||BBC|
|Haywards Heath including Heathfield, Uckfield||67%||229011||17th|
|Mold including Denbigh, Ruthin||28%||214547||Poor coverage|
|Milton Keynes||0%||184506||No transmitter|
|Stratford upon Avon||43%||163924||Poor coverage|
|Bedford including Sandy||100%||154281||24th|
|Tonbridge including Parts of Tunbridge Wells||73%||149460||25th|
|West Bromwich||0%||136940||No transmitter|
|Limavady including Parts of Ballymoney, parts of Cole||65%||132585||26th|
|Dover including Parts of Folkestone||81%||125353||27th|
|Greenock including Dunoon||74%||110889||29th|
|St. Helens||0%||102629||No transmitter|
|Derry / Londonderry||90%||96426||34th|
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Stuart: I don't think it a problem of "poor coverage", perhaps I could have found a better phrase. It is "poor coverage from the proposed transmitters", because 62% of the households in the area covered by the IF are actually using another Freeview transmitter.
This is because the local service is show as being Angus and the Tay Bridge relays, but Craigkelly and Durris also cover the "target area".
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Angus has been a TV transmitter since 13th October 1965. Durris has been on air since 30th September 1961.
Craigkelly is a UHF-era main transmitter.
Tay Bridge is a UHF-era relay.
So, this means that the area has had 45-50 years of multiple-transmitter coverage, so you would expect the coverage to be split - it seems quite reasonable that 38% would be using Angus/Tay Bridge.
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