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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.

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Location % Population Notes
London including Greater London area 97% 7714048 BBC ITV
Birmingham including Greater Birmingham area, part of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley 100% 2892768 BBC ITV
Leeds including DewsburyHalifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield 91% 2651704 BBC ITV
Manchester including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport 100% 2651704 BBC ITV
Newcastle including Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland 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 Isle of Wight, parts of Portsmouth, Winchester 54% 1108894 BBC ITV
Dundee including Arbroath, Perth 38% 940150 Poor coverage
Bristol 87% 916043 BBC ITV
Reading 39% 867830 Poor coverage
Preston including Blackpool 97% 843724 4th
Nottingham 94% 747298 BBC
Middlesbrough including HartlepoolStockton on Tees 76% 699086 5th
Grimsby including Parts of Kingston upon Hull 100% 650873 6th
Belfast including Lisburn 96% 626766 BBC ITV
Maidstone 64% 530341 7th
Sheffield including parts of Rotherham 63% 458022 8th
Guildford including Parts of Woking 29% 433915 Poor coverage
Ayr including Kilmarnock 65% 409809 9th
Norwich 96% 373649 BBC ITV
Brighton and Hove 65% 361596 10th
Stoke on Trent including Newcastle under Lyme 80% 361596 11th
York 47% 361596 Poor coverage
Gloucester including Cheltenham 93% 337490 12th
Lancaster including Morecambe, Heysham 30% 337490 Poor coverage
Telford 52% 337490 Poor coverage
Leicester 0% 330574 No transmitter
Aberdeen 100% 313383 ITV
Coventry 0% 303475 No transmitter
Hull 0% 301416 BBC
Bradford 0% 293717 No transmitter
Burnley including Nelson, Colne 68% 289277 13th
Carlisle 62% 289277 ITV
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
Wolverhampton 0% 251462 No transmitter
Plymouth 0% 243795 BBC
Derby 0% 229407 No transmitter
Haywards Heath including HeathfieldUckfield 67% 229011 17th
Plymouth 106% 226600 18th
Salford 0% 221300 No transmitter
Mold including Denbigh, Ruthin 28% 214547 Poor coverage
Basingstoke 73% 212136 19th
Cambridge 99% 202494 20th
Bromsgrove 35% 200083 Poor coverage
Luton 28% 195262 Poor coverage
Keighley 43% 190441 21st
Malvern 63% 190441 22nd
Northampton 0% 189474 No transmitter
Portsmouth 0% 186000 No transmitter
Dudley 0% 184619 No transmitter
Milton Keynes 0% 184506 No transmitter
Sunderland 0% 177739 No transmitter
Inverness 69% 173566 23rd
Walsall 0% 170994 No transmitter
Bournemouth 0% 167527 No transmitter
Stratford upon Avon 43% 163924 Poor coverage
Southend-on-sea 0% 160257 No transmitter
Swindon 0% 155432 No transmitter
Bedford including Sandy 100% 154281 24th
Tonbridge including Parts of Tunbridge Wells 73% 149460 25th
Bolton 0% 139403 No transmitter
Ipswich 0% 138718 No transmitter
West Bromwich 0% 136940 No transmitter
Peterborough 0% 136292 No transmitter
Stockport 0% 136082 No transmitter
Limavady including Parts of Ballymoney, parts of Coleraine 65% 132585 26th
Slough 0% 126276 No transmitter
Dover including Parts of Folkestone 81% 125353 27th
Gloucester 0% 123205 No transmitter
Carmarthen 78% 122943 28th
Poole 41% 122943 Poor coverage
Watford 0% 120960 No transmitter
Elgin 58% 120532 Poor coverage
Chester 0% 118000 No transmitter
Rotherham 0% 117262 No transmitter
Newport 0% 116143 No transmitter
Greenock including Dunoon 74% 110889 29th
Shrewsbury 96% 110889 30th
Lisburn 0% 110000 No transmitter
Chichester 0% 108000 No transmitter
Winchester 0% 108000 No transmitter
Exeter 0% 106772 No transmitter
Eastbourne 0% 106562 No transmitter
Hereford 98% 106068 31st
Scarborough 75% 106068 32nd
Blackburn 0% 105085 No transmitter
Colchester 0% 104390 No transmitter
St. Helens 0% 102629 No transmitter
Salisbury 74% 101247 33rd
Crawley 0% 100547 No transmitter
Derry / Londonderry 90% 96426 34th
Worcester 0% 93000 No transmitter
Bath 0% 90000 No transmitter
Kidderminster 63% 84372 35th
Barnstaple 94% 81962 36th
Haverfordwest 96% 60266 37th
Bangor 77% 53034 38th

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Bill Bullock
10:26 AM

Is it known yet when the London BBC local area will be transmitted on Freeview HD to avoid having to change back to channel 1

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Steve P

11:06 AM

Is there any way of locating oneself in that list? I am at LL14 5HD - in Wales by 100 yards - but I can't tell which I fit into. Shresbury/Chester/Bangor?

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Steve's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

12:36 PM

Bill Bullock: Perhaps in 2013/4? There are no plans at the moment, and the BBC is having to make cuts.

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Mike Dimmick

2:04 PM

Trust me, Reading does not have a population of 800k. 250k if you include the whole conurbation, about 150k in the borough boundaries. The whole point is that it is a local service, otherwise you might as well do a single service from Hannington for Reading and Basingstoke rather than Ofcom's 'petal' idea.

The coverage map looks fine to me - little spotty in Woodley (south-east of town centre) and Tilehurst (west Reading). I'm surprised they think the coverage in Caversham (north of the Thames) is that good, considering that is where the Hemdean relay is.

Actually I'm a bit surprised Hemdean isn't included, considering that C51 would be in-group for that relay as well. Perhaps it would interfere with the Basingstoke petal. Or perhaps Arqiva just don't want to run a line feed for it (there's too much reprocessing delay to do an off-air SFN even with a 1/4 guard interval).

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Dave Lindsay

2:17 PM

Coverage maps are all well and good.

However, are people really going to fork out for another aerial where it's needed?

Take York as an example. It currently has York TV whose transmitter is on the Askham Bryan water tower. This is to the south west of the city and the general direction that aerials are pointing for Emley Moor (Yorkshire).

However, the Ofcom map shows the transmission site to be Bilsdale with the signal directed to the south only. This is the southern-most transmitter for Tyne Tees and as such many in Yorkshire want to watch Yorkshire TV (Emley Moor) where it is receivable, even where the Bilsdale signal might be stronger.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

3:14 PM

Dave Lindsay: That's why it says "47% Poor coverage" above.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

5:41 PM

Do no not understand Bradford having no transmitter as it has the Idle site.
Anyway Leeds is so near it should be a joint station.

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Steve P

7:17 PM

Presumably that transmitter does not work very hard?

I'll get my coat.

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Steve P's 1,173 posts GB flag

7:20 PM

Steve P: ...

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