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The symbol shows the location of the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 58,000 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 Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Malvern 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
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47- (681.8MHz)204mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Malvern (Worcestershire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km northeast (36°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km northeast (35°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EEC/D E TC/D E TC/D E TW T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37ArqB
C392
C41DBBCA
C44BD3+4
C47ABBCB
C50tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C51tv_offC_local_local_local_local
C52tv_off+1
C53tv_offBBCABBCABBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C56tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C57tv_offD3+4D3+4D3+4
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield 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. Malvern 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.

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Thursday, 1 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today. [BBC]

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7:29 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today to 01:07 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today to 01:07 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 2 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 yesterday to 01:07 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 yesterday to 01:07 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 3 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 on 01 Mar to 01:07 on 01 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 on 01 Mar to 01:07 on 01 Mar. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 today. [BBC]

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MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 today to 03:30 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 today to 03:30 today. [BBC]

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MichaelW
10:59 PM

Curious to know if you have any update on what's happening with Malvern's SDN MUX transmission? Obviously there was a retune required last night (7th March) to receive the five MUX's that were not updated already on 1s March (i.e. Freq. 37 - 5Spike etc.). This seemed to go to plan albeit a little late returning to service. Four of the changed channels are now fine although, using the signal guide on my digibox as an indicator (which I know is aerial and box dependent), there is marginally lower and more variable signal strength than before on some channels. Signal is still good to very good though most of the time. However, new Freq. 29, which is meant to be broadcasing SDN (ITV3, Drama, Quest etc.) is completely dead. Not even a hint of a signal. Is there any reason why this one channel should not be received (e.g. different aerial required etc.)? I note on another page there are complaints that exactly the same MUX is missing from the unrelated Lark Stoke so is it a more widespead MUX problem? Alternatively I also note that Ridge Hill, in a similar directly, is also currently transmitting on Frequ. 29 until 31st March, so could that be producing interference? PS: Will you be updating the frequencies on this page to show the new/latest values?

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11:42 PM

MichaelW: Malvern was previously a Group C/D transmitter so you may well need a new aerial unless you previously had a wideband aerial installed for reception of Freeview prior to digital switchover. If you don't have satellite or cable you should be able to get a free replacement aerial by contacting the Freeview Advice Line. Ridge Hill will continue to use UHF C29 for the PSB2west mux until at least 2020, although this changed broadcast mode and reduced power on 1st March in order to reduce interference with other transmitters. If you provide a full postcode we will be able to see the prediction for your location and offer further advice.

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Thursday, 8 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 yesterday to 03:30 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 yesterday to 03:30 yesterday. [BBC]

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MichaelW
10:40 AM
Worcester

StevensOnln1: Thanks foy your reply. My main aerial is pointed at Malvern and is supposed to be a wideband aerial. The reception is good on all other MUX apart from Freq. 29. However, I have a secondary aerial pointing at Ridge Hill which is combined at the aerial mast and was put there to receive an analogue signal for Channel 5 many years ago. I also have an aerial mast amplifier which, if switched off, loses all Channels. Can the receiver sort out the combined signals on the same frequency or would this reult in total signal loss? With regards to my postcode, the prediction is that I can get a full suite of channels from Mendip but then I would only get South West editions of regional programmes and I would want to continue to receive the BBC/ITV Channels from Central, which I can still receive clearly from Malvern. Would I be able to have a dual aerial arrangement so that I can get BBC/ITV from Malvern but the missing channels from Mendip?

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