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The symbol shows the location of the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,490,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C48- (689.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LW
 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

com7
 H -6.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Crystal Palace transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest (334°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Charlton AthleticTransposerRedeveloped north stand Charlton Athletic Football Club130 homes
DeptfordTransposersouth-east London100 homes
GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
HendonTransposerGraham Park estate50 homes
White CityTransposer9 km W central London80 homes

How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C48BBCB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-13.7dB) 43.1kW
com8(-14dB) 39.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LW(-17dB) 20kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc†
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. Crystal Palace 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:29 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 yesterday BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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4:31 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 yesterday BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:31 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 yesterday BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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andy
5:57 PM
Benfleet

hi andyboy i get my freview at sudboury i return my tv today and can get itv3 from bluebell hill but not any transmitters on bluehill hill pleease reply cheers

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:32 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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6:32 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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8:29 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:10 on 25 Feb to 16:02 on 25 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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8:29 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:02 on 25 Feb to 08:03 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:03 on 26 Feb to 17:47 on 26 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:10 on 25 Feb to 16:02 on 25 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Jess
10:25 PM
London

Hi,

I also have been encountering an issue with the same channels that David was referring to:

ITV1
C4
C5
ITV2
C4+1
More 4
E4
ITV1+1

Mine appeared to have gone around the same time (only really noticed last Saturday) - might've gone earlier but never noticed.

I have a communal tv Ariel which is on the roof.

Any suggestions? I've rescanned a number of times but still same issue...

I live in NW8 postcode

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Thursday, 1 March 2012
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David
2:00 AM

Jess,

It is evident from your comments and the comments of others that there is something going on, and there is a general state of denial about it. I did a bit of searching and have discovered that the BBC is responsible for investigating problems with the Crystal Palace transmitter. They have an online form you can plough through in order to lodge a formal request for an investigation. You have to go through several questions, essentially answering no to questions such as "is there an obstruction" or could the weather be affecting it. At various stages you will need to answer that no - this has not answered my question. If you persist you will get to a page that tells you there is a problem they can't resolve via the form, and the will ask for specific details of the problem. My suggestion is that if enough people start using this form, it will be difficult for them to maintain the current state of denial.

The link to the form is:

https://faq.external.bbc.…8143

Copy and then paste this link into your browser.

Hope this helps.

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