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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-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 45 Film4 +1,

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
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86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 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, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 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 Midhurst (West Sussex, 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, Quest HD, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Together.

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 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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-133 Oct 122013-1731 Dec 2019
C54tv_off SDNSDND3+4
C56tv_off+1 D3+4D3+4

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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.

Friday, 30 March 2018

5:53 PM

andy: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TVs? Are they all connected to the same aerial? Do you have an amplifier/powered splitter and have you checked that it hasn't been inadvertently switched off or unplugged?

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StevensOnln1's 2,311 posts GB
roger bennett
9:41 PM

In response to Charles in Horsham I to lost ARQB programmes after the 21st and thought possibly the aerial needed replacing. I then remember the recommendation to follow the Freeview rest procedure. So before looking for a new aerial I did the reset as advised and ARQB was restored. So I urge you to do a reset as recommended if you have not done already so

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roger bennett's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 12 April 2018

9:30 PM

Further to my posts a couple of weeks ago I had a professional installer to come round and test things and testing with his own wideband aerial he too had the same issue with not being able to receive channel 33 but other frequencies were fine. If he took the aerial higher he could get channel 33 but lost channel 29! I can't understand how I can simply not receive channel 33 when I could perfectly ok before the retune.

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Charles's 28 posts GB
Monday, 16 April 2018
Les Allwood
10:43 AM

I have been a Freeview user for a number of years, using a set-top box to record programmes. Whether the timing is coincidental, or not, since the recent re-tune at the end of March, I have had difficulties recording programmes on certain channels.

Using the on-screen guide, I select the programme I want to record and complete the process. A minute or so before the published time, the recording light starts to flash. Normally, upon receipt of the transmitted code, the light says on continuously and the programme is recorded.

Since the re-tune, some channels continue to work as expected (BBC4 and Drama), but programmes on the "main" channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4, etc) are not recorded, and the light continues to flash until the end-time of the programme. Just for the record I have full strength signals here.

The problem is identical on two separate set-top boxes. Both have the latest software updates installed. I have carried out full re-sets on both, including re-tunes and "back to factory" re-sets.

It is my belief that the "magic code" which notifies the start of the programme is missing for a number of channels on the Midhurst Freeview transmitter. I have contacted the Freeview helpline, but they have no other advice than to contact the set-top box manufacturer. I don't think they really understand the issue.

I cannot find a contact number for the Midhurst transmitter site, but I'm sure you can. It should, I assume in my ignorance, be easy for them to ascertain that the correct coded signals are, in fact, being transmitted. If it transpires that they are, then my search for answers will continue ...

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Les Allwood's 3 posts US
Peter Simpson
4:29 PM

Les Allwood: Hi Les, I have the same problem and my guess is that you have a Panasonic recorder.
Panasonic are aware and I was advised to wait for the "signal to stabilise".

Other people have also been affected on the Midhurst transmitter and also some on different transmitters.

On other fora I've seen posts reporting that it can take many weeks to get fixed.

I'm not sure my patience will last that long!

Regards Peter.

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB
5:35 PM

Peter & Les
I'm in Reigate and have a dual aerial setup from Midhurst and Crystal Palace,
i also have two Panasonic recorders and both have the recording issue on the HD channels from Midhurst,
i find that manual recording doesn't work either,so lord knows what's going on lol
Thankfully the recordings from Crystal Palace are all working without issue,so to my mind it's a Midhurst problem.
Mind you, Crystal Palace has it's issues as my group A aerial won't pick up all the available muxes now,
and apparently as i have Freesat i don't qualify for a free aerial upgrade.
Not a happy bunny,good luck with your problems.

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Michael's 16 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Peter Simpson
9:25 AM

Hi Michael,
We are now almost a month after the Midhurst frequency changes that triggered this issue and its still not clear who is accountable for fixing this. In my case it has rendered a ?400 device useless for recording HD - which was why I bought it in the first place!

Panasonic are not being helpful - they know about the issue but won't say what is the fundamental cause or how it can be worked round. There may be some kind of limit to what can be done with the recorder hardware or with the machine's firmware or Panasonic may have lost the capability to update the firmware.

In any case they aren't prepared to do anything to fix the machine and I suspect are replying on Freeview data providers or distributors to work round the issue, which seems to be taking time. It's deeply disappointing that no-one will publicly take ownership and provide a fix timeline.

Regards, Peter - Frustrated of Horsham!

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB
Pete Forman
11:37 AM

I too have the problem that I cannot record from the PSB3 (BBCB) mux from Midhurst on my Panasonic PVR since the 21 March retune. That affects all the main HD channels and Film4+1.

That is despite many cycles of clearing the channel tuning information and manually tuning. Fuller details of what I did are on the DS forums.

Fortunately my reception from Heathfield is just adequate to get PSB3. My other 5 muxes are still Midhurst. There are occasional dropouts. It would be good if Panasonic and the broadcasters sort this out.

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Pete Forman's 17 posts GB

8:16 PM

I notice on DigitalUK's website (using detailed view) for the Midhurst transmitter tomorrow (18th April) there is a reception change being done which won't require a retune (if you haven't got missing channels) as none of the frequencies are being changed but there are minor changes being done to the output for channel 29 (SDN Mux). Not sure if in my case this will help for me (unlikely) but I will check tomorrow.

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Charles's 28 posts GB
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Peter Simpson
8:24 PM


Hi Charles,

I've just done a complete channel clear out and re-tune on my Panasonic but still have the issue. I also had a look on the DigitalUK site but couldn't see any events scheduled for 18th April at Midhurst although there were events at other transmitters that were due to come into effect today.

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB
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