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The symbol shows the location of the Alston (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 1,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Alston (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Alston transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C39 (618.0MHz)542mDTG-380W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)542mDTG-380W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)542mDTG-680W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?

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The Alston (Cumbria, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Alston transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 54km east-northeast (72°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 50km east-northeast (72°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

Are there any self-help relays?

Far Town (alston)Active deflector (Barhaugh Hall)

How will the Alston (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1713 Nov 2019
B E TB E TB E TB E K TB E K TB E K TK T
C33BBCA
C36D3+4
C39BBCABBCABBCA
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C48BBCB
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C52tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 400W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 80W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike transmitter area

Jan 1959-Feb 2004Tyne Tees Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Alston was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

ALSTON transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Sunday, 16 July 2017
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Tim Brake
1:00 PM
Alston

I currently have no TV or radio signal at all, and my local transmitter is the Alston in Cumbria one which your site says has no reported faults! My postcode is CA9 3RW and I'm going to be extremely disappointed if I miss both the British Grand Prix and the mens Wimbledon Final. Could you please advise me what the problem is and when it is likely to be sorted out?

Thank you.

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Monday, 17 July 2017
MikeP
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10:30 AM

Tim Brake:

According to the link 'R&TI Service' below your posting (leads to Radio & Television Service the Alston transmitter was off-air between 1100 and 1350 yeasterday. It should all the working correctly now according to the BBC.



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Tuesday, 7 August 2018
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Tim Brake
12:32 PM
Alston

I'm currently receiving no signal on my TV from the Alston Transmitter. Is there a problem/ are engineering works being carried out? My postcode is CA9 3RW.

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