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Local TV on Freeview - table of winners and losers

A new table showing the towns and cities in the UK that might benefit from the local TV on Freeview service.

A new table showing the towns and cities in the UK that might b
published on UK Free TV

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 area97%7714048BBC ITV
Birmingham including Greater Birmingham area, part of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley100%2892768BBC ITV
Leeds including DewsburyHalifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield91%2651704BBC ITV
Manchester including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport100%2651704BBC ITV
Newcastle including Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland90%2410640BBC ITV
Liverpool including St Helens, Widnes, Wigan, Wirral99%21213631st
Glasgow including East Kilbride, Motherwell, Paisley88%1807980BBC ITV
Edinburgh including Dunfermline48%14704902nd
Cardiff including Newport, Bridgend74%1205320BBC ITV
Falkirk including Stirling74%11088943rd
Southampton including Eastleigh, Fareham, parts of Isle of Wight, parts of Portsmouth, Winchester54%1108894BBC ITV
Dundee including Arbroath, Perth38%940150Poor coverage
Bristol87%916043BBC ITV
Reading39%867830Poor coverage
Preston including Blackpool97%8437244th
Middlesbrough including HartlepoolStockton on Tees76%6990865th
Grimsby including Parts of Kingston upon Hull100%6508736th
Belfast including Lisburn96%626766BBC ITV
Sheffield including parts of Rotherham63%4580228th
Guildford including Parts of Woking29%433915Poor coverage
Ayr including Kilmarnock65%4098099th
Norwich96%373649BBC ITV
Brighton and Hove65%36159610th
Stoke on Trent including Newcastle under Lyme80%36159611th
York47%361596Poor coverage
Gloucester including Cheltenham93%33749012th
Lancaster including Morecambe, Heysham30%337490Poor coverage
Telford52%337490Poor coverage
Leicester0%330574No transmitter
Coventry0%303475No transmitter
Bradford0%293717No transmitter
Burnley including Nelson, Colne68%28927713th
Reigate including parts of Crawley62%28927714th
Swansea including Llanelli61%28927715th
Hemel Hempstead including Parts of St Albans34%26517016th
Oxford including Abingdon, Didcot100%265170BBC
Wolverhampton0%251462No transmitter
Derby0%229407No transmitter
Haywards Heath including HeathfieldUckfield67%22901117th
Salford0%221300No transmitter
Mold including Denbigh, Ruthin28%214547Poor coverage
Bromsgrove35%200083Poor coverage
Luton28%195262Poor coverage
Northampton0%189474No transmitter
Portsmouth0%186000No transmitter
Dudley0%184619No transmitter
Milton Keynes0%184506No transmitter
Sunderland0%177739No transmitter
Walsall0%170994No transmitter
Bournemouth0%167527No transmitter
Stratford upon Avon43%163924Poor coverage
Southend-on-sea0%160257No transmitter
Swindon0%155432No transmitter
Bedford including Sandy100%15428124th
Tonbridge including Parts of Tunbridge Wells73%14946025th
Bolton0%139403No transmitter
Ipswich0%138718No transmitter
West Bromwich0%136940No transmitter
Peterborough0%136292No transmitter
Stockport0%136082No transmitter
Limavady including Parts of Ballymoney, parts of Coleraine65%13258526th
Slough0%126276No transmitter
Dover including Parts of Folkestone81%12535327th
Gloucester0%123205No transmitter
Poole41%122943Poor coverage
Watford0%120960No transmitter
Elgin58%120532Poor coverage
Chester0%118000No transmitter
Rotherham0%117262No transmitter
Newport0%116143No transmitter
Greenock including Dunoon74%11088929th
Lisburn0%110000No transmitter
Chichester0%108000No transmitter
Winchester0%108000No transmitter
Exeter0%106772No transmitter
Eastbourne0%106562No transmitter
Blackburn0%105085No transmitter
Colchester0%104390No transmitter
St. Helens0%102629No transmitter
Crawley0%100547No transmitter
Derry / Londonderry90%9642634th
Worcester0%93000No transmitter
Bath0%90000No transmitter

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Thursday, 11 August 2011
5:25 PM

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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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
5:34 PM

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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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Thursday, 18 August 2011
3:28 PM Weymouth

the freeview channels available in Weymouth are few - is there plans to improve this anytime soon or have I got to fit a Sky dish?

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Jerry's 1 post GB
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4:58 PM

Jerry: If you want more channels, you will need to use Freesat - see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice - there will be no more multiplexes from the Weymouth transmitter.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Nicholas Willmott
11:13 PM

Could they not transmit a local service for Bath on a spare UHF frequency from the Bath relay?

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Nicholas Willmott's 80 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Friday, 16 March 2012
6:43 AM

Nicholas Willmott: There is no "spare UHF frequency" to transmit on.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
8:46 PM

Not for publication.....

Bad spelling in headline

Freeview & Losers


Local TV on Freview - table of winners and loosers

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Alfred's 1 post GB
8:54 PM

Alfred: Hmm.. I thought that was fixed before.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
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