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The symbol shows the location of the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 94,000 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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Midhurst 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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 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 16 others

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (West 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),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
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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, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 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, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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

The Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest (256°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest (248°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 29 Feb 12 and 14 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Midhurst 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. Midhurst 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.

Monday, 5 June 2023

12:55 PM

Sylvia Knowles :

I'm afraid there is a lot of weather related interference around at present, both the BBC and Freeview have issued warnings about possible interference.
One thing NOT to do is retune whilst you have badly affected sound or pixellated pictures as this can clear the correct tuning and possibly get you tuned to incorrect weaker signals which will continue the problem.
IF you have retuned, check in your TV Tuning Section that you are correctly tuned to Midhurst's UHF channels as listed at the very top of this page (get a friend to help if need be).

If your aerial installation is up-to-scratch, there is little you can do except wait for conditions to change. How old (roughly) is the aerial and cable?
Do you have any aerial amplifier/splitter for more than one TV?

Another possibility is interference from Mobile phone mast signals which may cause direct interference or reduce the sensitivity of your receiver depending on their strength and make reception less reliable. You should have received a postcard from
In your case, without the weather related issues, your BBC channels may be affected the worst.

If you post back with a bit more information, we might be able to advise further.

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Chris.SE's 3,702 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 June 2023
David C Read
11:15 AM

What aerial group issued.
Is it 'K'
V or H please advise.

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David C Read's 1 post GB flag

11:36 AM

David C Read:

As shown at the top of the page, you need a Group K aerial with it's rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal.

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Chris.SE's 3,702 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 July 2023
5:06 PM

Why are we getting BBC London news instead of BBC Southampton what's going on in our area Petetsfield

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
6:22 PM

Why has my Sky satellite dish after25 years started to receive today BBC TV South East local news instead of BBC South Today.?

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Guil's 1 post GB flag
Steve Donaldson

6:52 PM

Graham, Guil : It's because the journalists are on strike:

BBC South: Journalists strike again over Radio Solent cuts | Daily Echo

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Steve Donaldson's 81 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 July 2023
Transmitter engineering

8:00 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 20 Jul 10:18 until 20 Jul 10:19. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,075 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 July 2023
12:21 AM

Postcode GU29 0EH House no.2 recently moved in.
My Sony TV does not show the Midhurst transmitter in the available transmitters in the retune / setup menu it only shows Southampton and Salisbury
Reception is poor on most channels with pixelation notably on PSB2 TV channels i.e. ITV, Ch4, etc.

TV aerial is in the loft space and not sure which direction its supposed to be pointing.
I believe the Midhurst transmitter is 5-6km away roughly in a northerly direction from my new house.
What would be the line of sight to the Midhurst transmitter in degrees east or west of due north of my property?
It would be easy to redirect the aerial as its in the loft.
Any advice on the correct direction / alignment would be most welcome.
Thank you.

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Gordon's 4 posts GB flag
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3:57 AM


You are correct that the Midhurst transmitter is only 5km away according to the Freeview predictor and is at compass bearing 24 degrees with its rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal - that's 24 degrees E of due N (or ~NNE). You should have no trouble receiving it at all.
Try positioning the aerial so that it is not pointing through thick walls, water tanks, lead flashing (or other metal), solar panels etc.

You should ideally use a Group K aerial although a Group T / Wideband would do but these latter two leave you more vulnerable to mobile interference should a new/updated mast using 700MHz appear close by and you'd then need a filter (which would be free from

I'd suggest that you clear your TV of all previous tuning as Hannington is the only other transmitter that appears in the BBC predictions (and that's very variable to poor), certainly not the two you mention.
In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
The correct UHF channels for Midhurst are - C48, C35, C36, C29, C34, C33

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Chris.SE's 3,702 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 26 July 2023
10:56 PM

Chris, many thanks for that useful info, I will go check the aerial alignment / direction with a compass and adjust as required.
When I do that, and assuming the aerial is pointing in the correct direction, then during a TV retune when one has to choose the region, how will the Midhurst Tx be listed in the available choices of TV region(s) listed?
Will it show up as 'Midhurst', Meridian, South or some other regional identifier ?

Thank you in advance of your assistance.

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