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The symbol shows the location of the Bacup (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 5,500 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 Bacup (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bacup 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.

 V max
C46 (674.0MHz)381mDTG-50W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C43 (650.0MHz)381mDTG-50W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

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C40 (626.0MHz)381mDTG-50W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Bacup (Lancashire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Bacup transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 26km south-southwest (197°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 26km south-southwest (197°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Bacup (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Mar 2018-
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves BBCB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Bacup 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.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

7:50 AM

Niall: Just to add, the only one aspect concerning your aerial thats liable to restrict reception on any test carried out, is that because its presently set for Bacup it will be mounted as vertically polarised, (elements top to bottom) whereas Winter Hill being a main transmitter is horizontal.

Sometimes dependant on the type of aerial being used, using it on the incorrect polarity can affect a signal more than it does if receiving on its rear, your test being carried out with both the mentioned applying!

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jb38's 22 posts GB flag
Thursday, 18 August 2011
7:46 AM

thanks Jb38 for your reply, I have tried the manual tune you recommended on Mux ch62 and Mux ch59 but have not received any channels so it dose seem that i will have to get an TV aerial engineer out to have a look at the aerial on the roof as it seems to be set for Bacup transmitter only.

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Niall's 2 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

BACUP transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,536 posts xx flag
11:02 AM

I've just moved to the area and was wondering, Is this a regular occurence? also, how long is it usually off for?

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tracy's 1 post GB flag
11:52 AM

NO SERVICE today , although when you go to the bbc website, and follow the very long winded instruction, thers NO FAULT< Its your airial /tv.. usless informatioin, is worse than no information ......
Radio & Television Investigation Service - Diagnostic form

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mike's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:03 PM

tracy, mike: The BBC reception website (accessed via ) reports that the transmitter is off air from 09:35 which is as "Transmitter engineering" post above (it does say "BBC" in square brackets which I think means that's where it's been sourced from).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Transmitter engineering

4:30 PM

BACUP transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 today to 15:22 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 today to 15:22 today [BBC]

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Carl Ballantyne
6:35 PM

The transmitter goes down regularly for several hours at a time. I moved to Bacup 18 months ago and it's like living in a third world country. This time the mobile phone network is also affected and still down now. It's as though they want everybody to buy Sky so they can shut off the mast for good.

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Carl Ballantyne's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

BACUP transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 yesterday to 15:22 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 yesterday to 15:22 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,536 posts xx flag
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

BACUP transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 on 24 Jan to 15:22 on 24 Jan HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:35 on 24 Jan to 15:22 on 24 Jan [BBC]

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