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The symbol shows the location of the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter which serves 15,000 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 Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) mast?

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 11:42 today to 11:50 today. BBC


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Darwen 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)312mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C39+ (618.2MHz)312mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)312mDTG-6100W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

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

Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
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The Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

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 Darwen transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 27km south-southeast (159°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 27km south-southeast (159°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1731 Mar 2018-
B E TB E TB E TB E TB E K TB E K TB E K T
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves D3+4D3+4D3+4
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+D3+4

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100W

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. Darwen 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

Comments
Monday, 13 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:32 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 [BBC]

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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Angela Henry
7:54 AM

I live in the BB2 area and have had no freeview reception since 11.00am yesterday. When will it be restored please?

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Richard Cooper
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11:21 AM
Norwich

Angela Henry: Hi, Angela. If you would normally get quite a lot of different channels, and the little rods on your aerial are flat (not up and down) you would be using the Winter Hill main transmitter near Bolton. It says on this website that viewers may experience, "possible weak signal", which would suggest that there could be some sort of engineering works going on there today. If on the other hand, you don't usually get lots of channels and you have an aerial with its rods going up and down, pointing to Darwen or Haslingden, then you use one of these two transmitters, but there's no work going on at either today. The duration of the work at Winter Hill, Bolton is not known, so if you use that transmitter, you'll just have to be patient! If you use Darwen or Haslingden, check your own setup to make sure no loose connections have developed unbeknown to you - could be pet or child accidental damage, Hope this helps, Richard.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:09 PM

DARWEN transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 today to 10:43 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 today to 10:43 today. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 yesterday to 10:43 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 yesterday to 10:43 yesterday. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 13 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 on 11 Oct to 10:43 on 11 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 on 11 Oct to 10:43 on 11 Oct. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:00 today to 01:11 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 2 March 2017
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4:32 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:00 yesterday to 01:11 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 3 March 2017
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1:33 PM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:00 on 01 Mar to 01:11 on 01 Mar. [BBC]

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