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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.

 V max
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;
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 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

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:20 PM

Colin: If you are looking at DIYing, or just wishing to be informed before calling in a professional, see

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Dave Lindsay

11:22 PM

Ian Farrow: Unfortunately it is not likely that Newhaven relay will ever broadcast the Commercial services. They achieve a 90% coverage of the population by broadcasting from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). To include over 1,000 small relays, of which Newhaven is one, would roughly double their cost of transmission whilst only adding 8.5% of the population to their potential viewer-base. As they operate on a profit-driven basis where they sell advertising, they want to get as many viewers as possible at lowest cost.

The Commercial broadcasters have no "Public Service" obligation.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 June 2012
5:34 PM

Living in the mid Peacehaven area - I would like to upgrade my ancient outdoor aerial to receive transmissions from Heathfield, instead of the limited number of channels from Newhaven. Can anyone recommend a specific pole mountable aerial, which would do the job as well as still being able to pick up Newhaven as a back up?
Thanks for any advice.

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Dave Lindsay

6:43 PM

Terence: If you're looking at DIYing, see for the products that the professionals install, as well as information to help you with the task.

You won't find a single aerial that will work with both because aerials are directional and polarised.

It might be a good idea to use double-screened cable, particularly for the Heathfield aerial due the older stuff having greater loss and reception not being good.

ATV has a page on Heathfield, although the recommendations are somewhat out of date now as it was previously Group C/D and now is Group B:

Heathfield Transmitter

In particular, see also:
Satellite, Television, FM, DAB, Aerial, Coaxial Cable, Plugs, Sockets, Connectors & Leads
Online TV Splitters, Amps & Diplexers sales

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
9:38 PM

Much obliged Dave. I get my new Samsung smart TV tomorrow, and once it is set up will install the neew aerial/cable etc following your links, and report back with results. Thanks.

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Terence's 2 posts GB flag

9:56 PM

Thanks for the advice. My friend is still away, but I will comment again after I find out if his TV will tune in to Heathfield.

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Bill's 47 posts GB flag
Bill's: mapB's Freeview map terrainB's terrain plot wavesB's frequency data B's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Friday, 15 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

1:30 PM

NEWHAVEN transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 07:20 on 13 Jun to 08:11 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Saturday, 16 June 2012
Phil C
10:26 PM

Unable to obtain BBC channels Bottom end Brighton Road - BN9 9NB up to today Sat 16th June. Do have the 10 itv c4 c5 e4 etc

Tried to manual tune ch 50 - no signal

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Sunday, 17 June 2012
1:14 PM

Who controls the selection of stations from Newhaven. I now have two 'Rabbit' programmes which are unwanted, yet other more important stations are missing.Where do I complain ?

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Dave Lindsay

2:35 PM

Tony: This is the two-tier terrestrial television transmitter network we now have, I'm afraid.

Newhaven only carries the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) multiplexes (groups of services).

Those that it doesn't broadcast are the Commercial (COM) multiplexes and these carry the likes of ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film 4 and Dave.

The COMs broadcast from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population) and cover about 90% of the population. The other 1,000 or so relays, including Newhaven, are PSB-only. The cost to the COMs of including the relays in their portfolio would roughly double their cost of transmission whilst only adding about 8.5% of the population to their potential viewer-base.

As they are run entirely as profit-making ventures and have no "Public Service" obligation, they decided to turn down the offer of additional coverage.

In some cases reception of COMs can be achieved from a station that carries them. Obviously this requires a new aerial and in some cases due to poor signal, a big aerial and sometimes big mast.

Failing that, the main option to get more channels is Freesat. There are some channels like Yesterday and Dave that are on full Freeview (COM) but not Freesat.

I'm sorry it's not what you were hoping for. It's a common question and I believe that "Freeview Lite" has got to be the biggest let-down, particularly as mention of this inferior service doesn't feature in any of advertising. "Subject to coverage" fails to make clear that not all channels are available in all areas.

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