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The symbol shows the location of the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 4,400 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) mast?

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Which Freeview channels does the Newcastle 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.

 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)269mDTG-800W
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1 BBC One (SD) Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 14 others

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C43 (650.0MHz)269mDTG-800W
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3 UTV (SD) (UTV), 4 Channel 4 (SD) NI ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 NI ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

 V max
C46 (674.0MHz)269mDTG-800W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Northern Ireland, 102 BBC Two HD Northern Ireland, 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 V -6dB
C48 (690.0MHz)269mDTG-200W
Channel icons
from 4th September 2019: 53 TG4, 54 RTÉ One, 55 RTÉ Two,

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Newcastle (Northern Ireland) 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 Newcastle transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,041km northeast (50°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,041km northeast (50°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

How will the Newcastle (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 10 Oct 12 and 24 Oct 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1dB) 800W
NIMM(-7dB) 200W

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

Oct 1959-May 2006Ulster Television
May 2006-Dec 2014UTV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Newcastle 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Neil Pollock
12:41 PM

When does DAB start from this transmitter?

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Neil Pollock's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

6:58 AM

Neil Pollock: At some point this year, as far as I understand it.

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Monday, 24 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:55 AM

NEWCASTLE transmitter - Over the next week Newcastle relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Monday, 31 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:44 AM

NEWCASTLE transmitter - Over the next week Newcastle relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

7:04 PM

I have it on the best authority Camlough and Newcastle DAB comes on air in the later part of next week. The Dso conversion work is well advanced and concludes Wednesday of next week.

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Jordy's 1,827 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 November 2011

2:33 PM

Jordy: That is very good news. Hopefully the information will make it to the Ofcom database that I use...

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Peter Henderson

3:50 PM

Camlough is also one of the proposed Digital one sites, apparently.

There are no firm details about a timetable yet, but hopefully, things will start to move after ASO in the ROI next year Jordy.

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag

10:03 PM

Hi Brian - Its certainly good news for DAB coverage in this area. I have a few photos of the rigging team at Newcastle, will try and post them on facebook or here.

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Jordy's 1,827 posts GB flag

10:19 PM

Hi Peter - I don't think anything is concrete, discussions I've had with the DTG and various industry folk paint a different picture. Channel 12 usage isn't assured just because the south pull the plug on analogue. Arqiva have drawn up a plan for band 3 coverage post Dso it's included in a reference offer made to ofcom and while increases in the commercial multiplex will happen i don't believe any new sites will come online. Certain moves will take place, Colinward will be decommissioned as will Black Mountain. With Divis and Carnmoney now online for the BBC's own multiplex the commercial muxes will move to both sites. I don't see any further commercial expansion in the next few years if at all. The BBC will bring online 4 new DAB sites in 2012, Cushendall, Glenariff, Ballycastle Forest and Bellair and that will conclude BBC expansion all this work is planned as part of the Dso upgrade scheme. New higher antennas at Londonderry and Strabane to increase road coverage and that's it. It's down to Arqiva how far the commercial mux is put into Northern Ireland and there does not seem to be the will, there certainly won't be anything like D1 in the province for years to come.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Peter Henderson

1:22 AM

"there certainly won't be anything like D1 in the province for years to come."

I'm not so sure Jordy.

I've come across this document:


"The proposed improvements and additional sites are documented in section 1.1.The sites listed include several sites in Northern Ireland. As yet, Digital One have not discussed the detail of the sites in Northern Ireland with service providers (i.e. the owners of stations and services on Digital One). However, once the process of defining the list as a whole is at amore advanced stage, Digital One will look at ways of working with its customers to switch onthose sites as an initial stage of the process of expanding the network."

Proposed sites are:

Northern Ireland: Divis, Londonderry (Derry), Armagh, Maddybenny More, Camlough,Carnmoney Hill

Also, from digital One's website:


"Due to a recent change in the law, there is also a specific possibility that Digital One will extend coverage to Northern Ireland."

So, it looks as if Digital One are definitely interested in broadcasting in the province.

It'll be an absolute disgrace if this doesn't happen sooner rather than later, especially given all the extra spectrum that'll be available after ASO in the ROI next October.

We still can't get Absolute Radio on DAB in the province. That's a deplorable situation at this stage and something Ofcom needs to urgently address.

I just hope you're wrong about this prediction.

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