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The symbol shows the location of the Chatton (Northumberland, England) transmitter which serves 29,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Chatton (Northumberland, England) mast?

Chatton transmitter - Chatton transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

Which Freeview channels does the Chatton 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)349mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 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
C44 (658.0MHz)349mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Tyne Tees), 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 (Tyne Tees),

 H max
C47+ (682.2MHz)349mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 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 -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Chatton (Northumberland, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Chatton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 64km south-southeast (167°)
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, 64km south (170°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Chatton (Northumberland, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

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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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-12.2dB) 6kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Chatton 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. Chatton 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Thursday, 12 July 2012
10:24 AM
Newcastle Upon Tyne


Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Your reply confirms my fears.
I originally had a Yagi but a local 'aerial contractor' replaced it with the current Vision 32 High Gain when I called them in to try to improve my signal.
Perhaps I need to try another type of aerial or invest in a chain saw. Unfortunately the chain saw is not really a serious option as I would be in trouble with the local authority as the trees have preservation orders on them!

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H's 5 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 27 September 2012
4:03 PM

Retuned videos and tv (panasonic) 37"(Full hd.) all channels giving signal quality 10 but no HD channels available ie bbc1 ......etc any reason why?

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Dave Lindsay

4:08 PM

60snatch: What is the model of the TV so we may check to see if it has a HD tuner in-built?

"Full HD" simply means that it can show the highest resolution of HD pictures which is 1080p and gives no qualification to the ability to receive HD signals off the air.

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60 snatch
5:22 PM

TX-L37V10B (3 tuners -satellite-DVB-analogue)
was assured when bought would be able to receive free to air HD Is chatton transmitting the HD channels?

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60 snatch's 3 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

5:34 PM

60 snatch: Specifications say that it only has a DVB-T terrestrial tuner:

TX-L37V10 -Specification -Panasonic UK & Ireland

DVB-T is the mode of standard definition broadcasts and DVB-T2 is that of high-definition ones.

Can you receive high-definition services via the in-built Freesat tuner instead?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
6:08 PM

Yes no problem with freesat but prefer dvb layout, bought unit to include freesat because eventually will probably lose dvb because of trees. Many thanks, am annoyed to learn tuner is u/s for hd. one last point please confirm chatton is transmitting hd stations

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60snatch's 3 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:20 PM

60snatch: Yes, it started yesterday.

If you have Sky then you must have a dish. If there is no spare feed from the dish, then you should be able to run another. If there are no spare ports on your LNB, then you should be able to pick one up for around £10 online. Obivously you will also need a length of double-screened coax cable, e.g. WF100.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012
Dave Robinson
4:46 PM

With the very limited programs on Rothbury relay, decided to try Chatton. I can receive PSB1, 2 and COM4. Why can I not get COM5 or 6. I live at Holystone and realise we are at the edge of the transmission area. Would a better aerial help? The aerial is on the roof.

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Sunday, 30 December 2012
Gill Lyons
12:24 AM

Hi never posted before & not terribly up on TV channels etc. We live in Lesbury (3 miles east of Alnwick & 1 mile from Alnmouth on the coast). We bought freeview plus recorder about 3 years and had always enjoyed about 125 channels etc. Since the NE digital switch this Autumn our signal for some channels has lessened - in particular the band that receives ITV 3 which I particularly enjoy. We have repeatedly retuned & find retuning giving us only 46 or 79 channels (inc. radio) depending on day and weather. ITV3 has never re-appeared satisfactorily - occasionally it will say it's there - but when wwe try and view the picture freezs and breaks up & then goes. Can anyone help us regain the COM4/SDN/C41 line that will give us ITV3 again. thank you, Gill.

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Monday, 31 December 2012

1:05 AM

Gill Lyons: The power of the transmitter for the SDN mux was increased slightly at switchover, but changes to the technical parameters could have resulted in a net decrease of effective coverage. If you have a manual tune facility select C41, then without scanning/storing channels note the signal strength and quality indicated. Does that differ significantly to that indicated for say C44?

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