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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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

 V max
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),

 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)381mDTG-50W
Channel icons
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, 5 February 2012
3:29 PM

will the Bacup transmitter ever be able to give us all channels, I keep seeing 2012 as being the time when everyone gets everything (channel wise anyway :) )
I would like to be able to get rid of my Virgin box but am reluctant to until this happens

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Rob's 1 post GB flag

3:55 PM

Rob: It is most unlikely that the Bacup transmitter will ever transmit additional muxes. The owners of the COM muxes were asked if they wished to extend their services to the relay sites and they declined on the grounds that it would about double the transmission costs whilst only serving a very small percentage of viewers. Many viewers in the Bacup transmitter coverage area are also able to receive signals direct from Winter Hill or Emley Moor. Installing a replacement or additional aerial will deliver the COM muxes if they are required, otherwise satellite reception is possible for most viewers requiring extra channels, although the selection does differ somewhat from that supplied on Freeview.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:31 AM

BACUP transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 19:16 on 14 Apr to 22:45 on 14 Apr HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:16 on 14 Apr to 22:45 on 14 Apr [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,469 posts xx flag
Friday, 20 April 2012
10:41 PM

Hi, Please can you advise if there are issues with the transmitter, I havent been able to get a signal since Wednesday morning.

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Louisa's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Dave Lindsay

5:21 AM

Louisa: According to BBC Reception, Bacup is working. BBC only mentions issues with its own services.

The posting immediately above yours from Transmitter engineering says that BBC TV was off the air from 19:16 to 22:45 on Saturday evening. The source is the BBC (as noted by the "[BBC]" at the end), so could have affected all channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 March 2013
4:38 PM

anytime I use BBC iplayer, over the last ten days, but particularly the last four days, I get ten minutes of programme and then it crashes my Vision Box so that everything has to be reloaded and scans for new channels. It doesn't happen on any other channel. What's going on?

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Lindsay's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 14 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:21 AM

BACUP transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,469 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
1:15 PM

the freeview has been off since just after 8am today when will it be back on

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barbara's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 9 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

BACUP transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,469 posts xx flag
Monday, 11 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:32 AM

BACUP transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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