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The symbol shows the location of the Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 9,900 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 Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Brighton (Central) 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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)82mDTG-20W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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?

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The Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, 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, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Christmas 1, Great! Movies Action, Great! Movies Christmas, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, RealityXtra, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 60s, That's 80s, Together TV, 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 Brighton (Central) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 44km northeast (38°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 78km west (274°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Brighton (Central) (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Dec 2018-

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 48W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-3.8dB) 20W

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

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Brighton (Central) 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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:02 PM

Liz: It's a possibility that they're not quite strong enough to produce a picture on your receiver.

The one multiplex that you have, Mux B on C48, is the one that has the highest transmission power.

Are you using a rooftop aerial?

I'm not familiar with the local area, but the buildings on your road are four and a bit storeys (the "bit" on account of the fact that ground level is a bit below ground). I would have thought that with the aerial on the roof, there shouldn't be any problem getting a signal.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
12:24 PM

Thanks for getting back to me Dave. Yes, there is an aerial on our building facing southeast. We live so central, on a hill, so I'm not sure why we should have poor signal? I think our neighbours receive digital channels fine. Is there anything else it could be?

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Dave Lindsay

12:41 PM

Liz: Have you tried manually tuning? If the manual tuning screen on your receiver shows signal strength, does it indicate that there is a signal there, but just too low for it to work?

For channel numbers, follow the link to Digital UK Tradeview next to your posting.

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Dave Lindsay

3:19 PM

Liz: I've had another thought.

Where signals are high power and where some aren't so high power, a receiver can be desensitised by the high power signal, such that it won't be sensitive enough to pick up the weaker one(s).

An analogy would be eyes in bright light are desensitised. When in a room at night with the light on, it is not easy to see outside. Turning the light off makes ones pupils open up and take in more light.

If you have a signal booster, then you probably don't need it (unless perhaps the signal is split to feed multiple sets). You might need to fit an attenuator to reduce the signal level. Hopefully, if it is as I suggest (Mux B's strong signal), then you can reduce its level without diminishing the other multiplexes too much.

See here:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

Search eBay for <<variable tv attenuator>> Here is one such example:


You might be able to crudely attenuate the signal by plugging in the centre pin of the aerial plug only. You will probably only be able to do this if you have a non-moulded plug, i.e. you unscrew and remove the outer part of the plug. If this allows you to receive the missing channels, then you may be best advised to order an attenuator.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
7:33 PM

I just remembered we have a signal booster so I plugged it in after clearing my channels and then re-tuned. Now we are only missing multiplex 1 (BBC 1,2, News etc). After gaining these channels/multiplexs, do you think we should keep the booster in? And what could be preventing us from receiving multiplex 1? (We do not have any games consoles, VCRs etc just a DVD player that could cause interference).

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Dave Lindsay

8:06 PM

Liz: The fact that introducing the signal booster brings in all but one of the five missing multiplexes suggests that your problem is *not* too high a signal level as I suggested it could be. You may, therefore, have to leave it in until switchover.

How is your analogue reception?

Can you confirm that your aerial is pointing east towards Whitehawk Hill and is vertical (elements up/down)? Could it be directed at the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight? (If it is Rowridge it will be horizontal).

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Friday, 9 March 2012
Greg Votolato
9:12 PM

Auto tuning gives me BBC stations etc while Digital retuning gives me ITV stations etc, but my main set will not give me all 127 stations at the same time. My second set has everything on it, proving that the antenna is OK. WHat can I do?

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Peter P
11:52 PM

I have just got back from business forgetting about the switchover & I had no BBC channels so I retuned my tv the BBC signals are constantly ranging from Good to Poor.

The picture is fine for a couple of seconds but I get a lot of dirty audio artefacts & screen glitches.
I live in central Brighton, seven dials area will the signal strength improve or do you suggest getting a digital signal booster?

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Saturday, 10 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:12 AM

Peter P: Your receiver may have tuned to the Brighton Central transmitter rather than Whitehawk Hill. Whitehawk Hill is the main transmitter for Brighton and Brighton Central is a filler-in for some who have difficulty picking up Whitehawk. You are in close proximity to Brighton Central which is on the top of Theobald House, hence your receiver could have picked it up.

You may find that Whitehawk's BBC channels are in your 800s.

To find out which is which, go to the signal strength screen whilst tuned to a channel. Then look for the UHF channel number that it is tuned to. For Brighton Central it is C41 and Whitehawk is C60.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:44 AM

I too have the same problem. Since the 7th bbc is breaking up. (North Lianes)when i check what channel bbc is on it says channel 24. I tried yesterday a variable attenutor as the signal is now stronger i believe but to no avail. Thanks for any help.

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