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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven 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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C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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),

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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 66km north-northeast (31°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1970-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

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

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 4 February 2013
Dave Lindsay

6:46 PM

David Hitchin: Have you confirmed that you are tuned to Newhaven transmitter? Obviously it doesn't broadcast COM channels, so they aren't of relevant for Newhaven.

If you are lucky, you may be able to receive COM channels from Whitehawk Hill or Rowridge which are on close bearings to Newhaven.

If you have amplification then this could possibly result in the squeaks you describe. Reduce the level of the amplifier or remove it.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013
David Hitchin

5:45 PM

My thanks to Dave Lindsay for that suggestion, which I will try.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Nigel Cunningham
5:23 PM

Complete BBC Freeview (TV and radio) blackout on Monday night (25 Feb). All other Freeview channels worked. Postcode: BN25 2HJ. Please comment/explain. Thank you

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
9:22 PM

Hi, having problems with signals from new haven as well as white hawk both seem to have gone low power,I'm running an outside Xg 10 w aerial with 14m ct100 coax new haven chan50-40db chan43-41db chan40-41db.Whitehawk chan48-36db chan51-58db(ok) chan53-35db chan56-35db chan57-48db(ok) chan60-32db. I usually get late50's db from white hawk and mid 70's from new haven.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Dave Rogers
1:25 PM

Hi, Have been experiencing similar problems on Freeview for the past fortnight as R.shearing above: Saturday a fortnight ago experienced freezing and drop-outs whilst trying to watch the MotoGP qualifying on BBC (usually get a good signal from Newhaven despite high gain aerial with masthead amp pointing at Whitehawk). Previously had near perfect reception on all services whatever the weather/atmosphere conditions.

Intermittent drop outs and pixellating on all BBC channels (including HD) but very little problem on other transponders - signal quality and strength both seem lower than before and even go to zero in drop out situations.

My neighbour across the road has a similar set up to mine and is experiencing similar problems (we are near the top of Denton above Newhaven).

Anybody any thoughts? I've not contacted the BBC yet (and there seem to be almost daily posts re: engineering but no mention of low power or quality).


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Dave Rogers
2:40 PM

Further to the above: have just been watching a bit of the tennis on BBC 1, 2, 101, 102, 301 & 303 - dropping out all over the place.

Going to Pick & Dave (from Brighton) and then BBC 1 HD from Brighton: seemingly clean, stable signal so I'll manually retune this evening avoiding Newhaven transmitter.

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Michael Murphy
6:33 PM

Hi, I was interested to see the comments above about poor reception. I have also been experiencing drop outs and pixilation on Newhaven C50 for the last week or so in the Seaford area. Signal strength, which is usually about 75 will suddenly drop very low and even to zero sometimes.I have tried retuning and have checked everything out but couldn't find any problem at my end, so I am pleased that others are reporting problems.

When retuning, I have also noticed that channel 48 from Whitehawk Hill is being received at about 25 when all the other channels from Whitehawk are about 60. It's actually coming in less strong than channel 28 from Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay

7:30 PM

Michael Murphy: Interference from Dover maybe? It uses C48 @ 40kW and C50 @ 80kW (horizontal).

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Dave Rogers
8:02 PM

Hello DaveL/Michael,

Just sent this enquiry as a long shot to at800 as Brighton is undergoing 4G testing:


Since mid-morning Saturday 15/6/2013 I (and others, close neighbours and others in the BN9 and BN47 postcodes) have been experiencing problems of low quality/low power from Newhaven Freeview transmitter giving rise to drop-outs, freezing and pixellation: all BBC SD channels and all HD broadcasts.

Signals from Brighton Whitehawk seem relatively unaffected but power seems to be down (without the drop-outs) even there, esp. on HD.

Any possibility this may have something to do with 4G testing?

Many thanks and kind regards,
Dave Rogers'

Could be interesting!

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Dave Rogers
8:12 PM

Getting interesing, this......see Andrew's comment between Dave L's and my last comments.....

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