menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Freeview Light on the Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps50.757,0.276 or 50°45'24"N 0°16'32"Esa_postcodeBN20 7JH


The symbol shows the location of the Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 3,600 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 Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Eastbourne 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.

 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)83mDTG-200W
Channel icons
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

 V max
C30- (545.8MHz)83mDTG-200W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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),

 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)83mDTG-200W
Channel icons
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?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Eastbourne (East Sussex, 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 Eastbourne transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 42km north (358°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 61km north-northeast (16°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 200W
Analogue 1-4(-3.2dB) 95W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield 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. Eastbourne 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, 21 June 2012
10:42 AM

I have a Humax fox T2 PVR just recently bought also a Samsung full hd tv I tried channel 52 and it finds nothing at all on manual tune, Sony TV is not very current but flat screen but has very little options, everything that has been suggested I've tried but nothing seems to works so it may be an aerial company may be needed but am trying to do that as a very last resort, funny thing is an aerial that is new is in a garden lower than ours in the loft and it's facing Heathfield.

link to this comment
Peter's 11 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:50 AM

Peter: Could it be the roof-tiles blocking the signal too much? Have you tried pointing the aerial out of the window (even if it's lower than the loft you are fitting it in)?

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Alan Reed
6:04 PM

I can only receive PSB 1,2,& 3 from the South Cliff Tower. Are the other channels being broadcast from this transmitter?

link to this comment
Alan Reed's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:06 PM

Alan Reed: No, Eastbourne South Tower is a Public Service relay only. This is because the Commercial broadcasters don't wish to pay to transmit from small sites like this because they consider it not worth the expense.

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 July 2012
tommy rob
12:27 AM

Can someone please please just clear up a question for me.....
I live in Eastbourne and have retuned many a time. however i dont get Dave, watch, itv 3, itv 4 or the new channel 4/7 how come the rest of the uk has all these channels and eastbourne doesnt?

link to this comment
tommy rob's 1 post GB flag
Mark Fletcher

3:22 AM

Tommy Rob.I would look up Dave Lindsay's text immediately above yours,dated Wednesday 27 June 2012,6.06pm.That most likely answers your question !

link to this comment
Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
Mark's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
4:57 PM

Hi, everything on COM5 (ArqA) in this part of Eastbourne , has been breaking up badly for days now, any ideas what the problem is??

link to this comment
Andy's 6 posts GB flag
Andy's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

5:13 PM

Andy: Co-channel interference due to the weather maybe?

Rowridge Transmitter

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 August 2012
12:25 PM

very confused about freeview in eastbourne since switch over.
Live BN22 8TB.
Want to get freeview but dont have a tv aerial not sure...
1. which type of aerial to do i need a high gain? or what category of aerial to use.seems very confusing out there..
2. where to point the aerial to get the best range of channels..heathfield, hastings or the 2 transmitters now in eastbourne. Know down our road aerials seem to point in different directions.
If anybody has any advice that would be great so i can get started.

link to this comment
scott's 1 post GB flag
scott's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

1:31 PM

scott: Based on what I've found, you would appear to be best going for Heathfield. Obviously, this assumes no obstructions, such as buildings or trees, that might come into play.

There are six multiplexes post-switchover, and these are listed here:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The three PSB ("Public Service Broadcaster") multiplexes cover 98% of the population whereas the COM ("Commercial") ones, only 90%.

At your location, Heathfield would appear to be the only transmitter that will give you the full complement of Freeview channels (PSBs and COMs).

The Eastbourne relay, which is on the top of South Cliff Tower (receive aerials vertical), is a PSB-only transmitter. Digital UK lists Hastings as a possibility at your location, but doesn't give a prediction, something which I've observed for other Eastbourne post codes. However, Eastbourne's PSBs are co-channel with Hastings' COMs, so they are likely to be drowned out, meaning that Hastings is effectively PSB-only at your location (if indeed it is receivable). So Heathfield would appear to be the only transmitter to serve your location that provides the full service.

Assuming no local obstructions, you would appear to have line-of-sight with Heathfield, which is 14 miles away:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

See the website of ATV Sheffield for guidance on what aerial to use:

Heathfield Transmitter

I imagine that a DM Log or Log 40 will do at your location (again, this carries the caveat that there are no local obstructions, which I don't know about).

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.