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The symbol shows the location of the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmitter which serves 34,000 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 Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) mast?

Fenham transmitter - Fenham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 02/10/2023 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 Fenham 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
C23 (490.0MHz)171mDTG-400W
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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

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C26 (514.0MHz)171mDTG-400W
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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),

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C30+ (546.2MHz)171mDTG-400W
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

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C25 (506.0MHz)171mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 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

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C22+ (482.2MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C28 (530.0MHz)172mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 Great! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 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)

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

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BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 3km east-southeast (108°)
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, 2km south-southwest (206°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 1-5 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, com7, com8, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 40W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike 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. Fenham 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.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Dave Lindsay

9:11 PM

nick: Now that you have given your location, one possibility is that the signal level going into your receiver is verging on being too much for your tuner. See:

Freeview news | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

There are a few ITV1 HD regions and therefore quite a few regions get the HD feed of another. The reason for this is cost as to produce a separate feed for each would necessitate additional equipment.

In reply to your specific question as to why Granada has been chosen, then I guess that they have gone with the regions that are likely to yield the greatest return in respect of number of viewers watching the "correct" adverts.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 February 2013
9:02 AM

When is the fenham transmitter going to broadcast BBC HD as I can get a good digital signal from fenham but no HD, pontop which has HD is obstructed by trees as I live in a bungalow.

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V.Fenwick's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

9:29 AM

V.Fenwick: It broadcasts HD and has been doing so since switchover.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 February 2013

6:26 PM

V.Fenwick: Just to add to that said by Dave Lindsay, the TV or box that you are receiving on has to be fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner to be able to receive HD transmissions, what you are using is most likely only fitted with a DVB-T tuner.

If you provide the model number of whatever you are using this aspect can be checked on, or if you have a manual look under "tuner" in the specifications section.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 February 2013
11:20 AM

My bbc channels have disappeared. I have turned the system off and rescanned multiple times. Any suggestions? This is a Sony Bravia tv with inbuilt free view.

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James's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Howard Galley
12:58 PM

James: Hi James,sounds like you may have an aerial problem, it should be vertical on its fittings, water in cable maybe - take your coax plug apart on the end of the cable to see if its dry and not discolored (greeny yellow & wet of course) BBC channels are on ch 27 lower end of the spectrum at Fenham.
Things you can try use a cheap freeview digibox & try tuning that in, look for damage to the aerial & cable, try your Sony tv at your friends house. Good luck!

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Sunday, 15 December 2013
Dave Hagen
5:43 PM
Chester Le Street

Hi, why is it when I put my post code in DH2 3HZ I only get the option of the Fenham & Bilsdale transmitters & not the one that serves my area which is Pontop Pike.........cheers Dave.

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Monday, 31 March 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:23 AM

FENHAM transmitter - Over the next week Fenham main transmitter: TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Monday, 9 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

FENHAM transmitter - RelayPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

1:31 PM

FENHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 today, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:15 today. [BBC] RelayPossible weak signal [DUK]

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