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The symbol shows the location of the Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmitter which serves 3,200 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 Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ludlow 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
C45 (666.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C39 (618.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 45 Freeview channels?

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The Ludlow (Shropshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , Together TV, 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 Ludlow transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 58km east-northeast (77°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 58km east-northeast (77°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 25W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 5W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Ridge Hill transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Ludlow 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, 20 April 2011

4:29 PM

robert: Sorry, those channels are not transmitted from here.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
kevin moseley
9:00 PM

I feel really cheated, the number of channels being transmitted are about half of what you can recieve in Hereford, why is this? and is there a way we can get those 60+ channels in Ludlow?

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kevin moseley's 4 posts GB flag

9:06 PM

kevin moseley: This is a public service transmitter, the commercial operators did not regard it as profitable to transmit from here so they refused the offer to do so.

You may be able to use another transmitter, but I can't say without a full postcode.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Sunday, 8 May 2011
kevin moseley
4:25 PM

My post code is Ludlow sy81nd and my question is is there another transmitter other than Ludlow I can tune into, to get the full number of freeview chanels rather than the 31 I get now

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6:40 PM

kevin moseley: The Digital UK postcode checker shows that it might be possible to receive the full Freeview service from Ridge Hill. Reception is shown as variable to poor, but using a carefully aligned group A receiving aerial (an 18 element group A yagi or a Blake DMX 10A or a Triax Unix 52A) might give you acceptable results. Otherwise satellite reception will offer additional free to air channels, though not an identical selection.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
kevin moseley
8:07 PM

Ludlow might be a public service transmitter, but if it only transmiting half of the available channels it is hardly supplying a public service, the commercial broadcasters as part of thier charter, must be directed to supply a public service

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Thursday, 19 May 2011

7:16 AM

kevin moseley: Trying tautology won't work. The commercial multiplex operators are not expected in law to provide a universal service by definition.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

5:13 PM

kevin moseley: The commercial broadcasters are not chartered, they are licensed. Anyone can apply for a license to broadcast and they can choose how, when and where they do so.

The digital terrestrial multiplexes are offered for license by the regulator. Ofcom have decided that they cannot add additional sites to the list that were published when the multiplexes were last advertised. (1997 for Mux A/SDN, 2002 for Mux C & D/Arqiva A & B.) Mux B is actually licensed under this section but because a subsidiary of the BBC was awarded it, Ofcom *have* forced coverage of all sites. (They have also in effect stolen half of it for ITV1 HD and 4hd, though the Broadcasting Act 1996 does say the Culture Secretary is allowed to reserve capacity for any 'independent analogue broadcaster', i.e. PSB, on one or two multiplexes.)

It's very unlikely that any new broadcaster would agree to the oversight and programme content restrictions that go along with being a PSB, in return for access to capacity (that they would have to pay for).

I believe what happened was that Ofcom asked the commercial multiplex operators if they could vary the license to include more sites, and the operators told them where to stick it. This is despite Mux C and D having been run by one of the transmitter operators since 2002, and Mux A having been run by a subsidiary of a PSB since 1998 (initially S4C, sold to ITV plc in 2005).

Ofcom appear to believe that they cannot vary this list of sites without the broadcaster's consent, though I'm not sure I agree. Imposing such a duty would probably fall foul of a judicial review though.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
12:55 PM

I am considering going to BT vision, will I be able to receive ESPN, either now or in the future, either from the Ludlow transmitter or the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.My aerial is currently aligned to Sutton Coldfield.Regards Ernie

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