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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.

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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, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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 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;
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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 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.

Saturday, 10 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:59 AM

Stephen: BBC on channel 24 is from Rowridge.

Rowridge uses low channels and Whitehawk are high channels. Run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up until 50% to avoid Rowridge and get Whitehawk.

Or if it gives UHF channels, get the aerial plugged in for C48 which is the lowest Whitehawk one (from 21st March it will be C51).

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11:21 AM

We owe you a beer
Tuned to 50 percent without aerial and perfect.

Thankyou Dave and have a good day knowing youve been of a real help.


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Dave Lindsay

1:55 PM

No problem Stephen, happy to help.

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Peter P
6:20 PM

I have tried manual tuning to C60 & the quality status is still fluctuating between good / medium / poor mainly stays on good / medium I'm not sure if it's an issue with the Arial, but I would rather invest in a signal booster as it seems to be a minor strength issue if you would agree?

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Peter P
6:39 PM

Skip that my BBC channels work fine on c24, is this going to cause problems in the near future? But it's ok for the time being atleast I can watch the last of the rugby without enduring horrid digital white noise..

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Dave Lindsay

6:57 PM

Peter P: When I said BBC should be C60, I was assuming that your aerial is directed east to Whitehawk Hill.

However, if it is on Rowridge (Isle of Wight) then 24 is correct.

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Mike Drew
10:14 AM

I wonder if you can help me please. My mother in law has a freeview system and since the switch over has lost BBC2. I understand it may have gone to the 800 channels is there a favourite that I can tell her to check until she can get her system reset - she is 93 and it is verydifficult trying to sort things over the phone 50 milesaway.

Many thanks for any help you can give me


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Mike Drew
10:17 AM

Apologies I have omitted to tell you she lives in Shoreham and gets her signal from Brighton - perhaps I m the one that should be helped.

Sorry once again

Mike drew

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Dave Lindsay

10:44 AM

Mike Drew: What has happened is that BBC Two is now no longer available on analogue. That is what happens at the first stage of switchover.

The standard definition digital channels also move frequency (UHF channel) thus necessitating the need for a retune. Where no retune is carried out, digital BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC News and some others will no longer be available (due to not retuning).

Therefore, the fact that only BBC Two is being mentioned as being lost suggests that it is analogue TV which is being referred to.

If your mother-in-law can receive Freeview before switchover, then she if best advised to use it and not bother with the analogue any more.

Has she performed a retune? If not, then she will have to do it in order to view the digital only BBC Two. BBC One can still be viewed on analogue, as too can ITV Meridian and Channel 4. Meridian will now appear on button number 2 (i.e. in the position that BBC Two used to accupy) on *analogue*.

Perhaps it would be helpful to know the model number or numbers of the devices in question so as to find the user manuals for them and thereby direct the lady through the process.

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Michael L Collins
7:02 PM

My VHS recorder hasn't recorded since the switch over.
Have you any suggestions?

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