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The symbol shows the location of the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 720,000 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 Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Mendip 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.

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C32 (562.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 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 (West),

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C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West, 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

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C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 25km north (3°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 23km north (11°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

CheddarTransposer15 km E Weston-super-Mare1674 homes
LuccombeActive deflector6 km w Minehead38 homes

How will the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1727 Feb 2018
C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
Analogue 5(-6dB) 126kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-8.4dB) 72.4kW
com8(-8.6dB) 69.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip transmitter area

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech 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. Mendip 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.

Friday, 29 March 2013
J Powis
11:02 PM

Since the retune on 27th March at Mendip, we have good signal and no inteference on all channels. However, whenever we use our Techwood digi recorder to record any channel, picture on channel we are watching jumps. Any recordings are also impossible to watch. We never experienced problems prior to 27th. Any ideas?

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Saturday, 30 March 2013
mike wilson
8:25 AM

Dave Lindsay: a really weird one. living near devizes. All TVs in the house retuned successfully! except a Philips! it has lost all the BBC channels, 698Mhz shows poor of Mendip, yet on all the other TVs signal is strong! I think that Philips has a problem?

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Sue Johnson
8:33 AM

30th March still no BBC channels in Yeovil can you please explain what we should do about do about this.

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9:12 AM

chloe: If you do a manual tune and enter C49 what strength and quality is shown for the signal? What kind of aerial are you using, is it a communal one or do you have two aerials combined for reception from two transmitters? Do you receive ITV3 and QVC OK on C48? Further advice can be given with this information.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
9:34 AM

We have one digital aerial put up a few years ago for just our house to use and only one tv connected which does not need a digital topbox. I have reset the tv again back to factory settings this morning and still nothing. Ch49 is red and showing around 1mhz for signal quality and grey with around 2mhz for signal strength. Ch48 has no signal quality at all and the same signal strength as C49. ITV3 works but is not the best picture the same with QVC, in fact all the stations seem much weaker than before. I have channels starting from ITV-ITV3 (3-6) then nothing till Pick tv on 11. Really don't know what more I can do to get back the BBC channels and the quality back on the others!

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chloe's 7 posts GB flag
9:55 AM

Following 27th March my Sony pvr keeps losing all the channels, my Panasonic pvr keeps losing C49 (the new BBC site). The TV, however is fine... I keep re-tuning, the same thing keeps happening. Wretched Digital TV! Used to have a super reliable Analogue picture here in Yetminster.

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Dave's 1 post GB flag
1:20 PM

@chloe, I live in Taunton and the retune went without a hitch, I have all the BBC channels, including radio, which eliminates the transmitter end. This suggests it is either a settings problem with your equipment or a frequency effect due possibly to some geographical feature such as building reflections.

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Bizman's 20 posts GB flag
1:24 PM

I live in Yate BS37 4LY. No BBC Channels on any of my 3 freeview TV'S. Very cross about this ok up until 27th March.I am paying my licence this is awful and Bank Holiday

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2:56 PM

I am not getting any signal on BBC channels right now. I have re-tuned three times. It worked okay last night. All other channels are fine with a good signal.

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Sunday, 31 March 2013
Rob Wilkins
1:26 PM

Just fixed my mother's TV issue and reading through the above issues I thought I'd share the solution as there may be a lot of other people with the same issue.

Problem was that after the recent change in transmitter configuration my mother's Philips TV (26PFL5522D/05) had lost all the BBC channels (BBCA multiplex). Easy I thought. I'll just retune it. This worked but each time the set was power cycled they were lost again.

In the end I worked out that I needed to do a factory reset. The methods using the menu button on the set did not work. I rang Philips on 08443380488 and spoke to a very helpful gentleman. He told me about the menu buttom method (whilst watching TV press and hold the menu button on the side of the TV for around 20-30 seconds). Initial menu will be shown allowing full re-tune of TV. This did not work so I asked if there was any other way of getting to the menu. He said that you can press 123654 123654 on the remote. This worked and all was well.

Interesting thing was that the support engineer was convinced that even doing this would not fix the issue - so good thing I tried it anyway.

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