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The symbol shows the location of the Newton (Northumberland, England) transmitter which serves 10,000 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 Newton (Northumberland, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Newton 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
C21 (474.0MHz)211mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 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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C24 (498.0MHz)211mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Tyne Tees),

 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)211mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North 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 Newton (Northumberland, 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 Newton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 21km east (94°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 17km east (96°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Newton (Northumberland, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 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 Pontop Pike transmitter area

Jan 1959-Feb 2004Tyne Tees Television
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. Newton 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.

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

NEWTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 19:08 on 01 May to 20:15 on 01 May BBC TWO Off Air from 19:08 on 01 May to 20:15 on 01 May [BBC]

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Monday, 10 September 2012
Phil B
4:09 PM

Hi, can you plaese tell me will Newton always only be transmiting freeview light or is there plans to transmit the full freeview at a later date? only asking as we live in Hexham East with steep hill rises both North and South, Pontop pike is out of reach and Fenham was only possible with antenna on a 12ft mast on the roof but it was very weak and patchy then wind bent the heavy duty mast!

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Dave Lindsay

4:36 PM

Phil B: No, unfortunately Newton is likely to remain a Public Service-only transmitter.

The Commercial broadcasters (those that aren't going to transmit from Newton), cover 90% of the population by 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). For them to broadcast from the remain 1,000+ small sites like Newton would give them another 8.5% of the population whilst roughly doubling their cost of transmission. As they're in it for profit only (no Public Service obligations), then don't wish to do this.

So unless you can receive from a full-service transmitter, you'll be stuck with "Lite". Pontop Pike and Fenham are the two closest full-service transmitters.

"If" you do decide to delve down the route of reception from Fenham, see ATV's site for lots of information:

Digital TV Transmitters

In particular, Fenham is all Group A after switchover, so if you get a yagi aerial, don't get a wideband one. Indeed, as suggested by ATV, a Group K aerial won't be needed after switchover, so get a Group A one. (See ATV's site for information on aerial groups.).

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Phil B
7:34 PM

Thanks for that Dave, that is understandble, I may try a group A Log Periodic Aerial up with my amateur radio vhf/uhf yagi after the switchover for Fenham.
Thanks again

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Dave Lindsay

7:44 PM

Phil B: Logs are wideband, but the have a much flatter response than yagis:

Gain (curves), Again

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Dave Lindsay

7:45 PM

Phil B: So a log will be OK "if" it will work at your location (hope that makes sense!).

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Thursday, 27 September 2012
Mr J. Tobin
8:13 AM

Hello. Since 6th September we have had no signal and have not been able to view any channel prior to this date the analogue signal was very good. We live in Stocksfield and find that our "new" tv will not get Freeview. Having done all the advised procedures for retuning the results say "No Signal" can you please explain. Thank You. Post Code is: NE43 7QA. House number 2

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Monday, 4 November 2013
john hope
3:18 PM

Hi, will hexham ever get all free view channels od dab radio? It seem the rural areas are not getting anything like the rest.

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3:22 PM

john hope: Relay transmitters and sub-relays do not, as a rule, carry all freeview channels, only high power main transmitting stations carry the full roster of freeview channels generally.

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Dave Lindsay

6:28 PM

john hope: There aren't likely to be any more services available on terrestrial television (Freeview) from the Newton transmitter. This is down to the Commerial broadcasters having free reign on where they transmit from, a decision driven by their objective to generate a return by showing adverts to as many as possible for least possible cost.

See here for a further explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) Freeview Light transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

In general, a satellite service is likely to be the only was Hexham residents will increase the number of services.

In spots where reception from Pontop Pike is possible, be aware that its Commercial channels from Pontop Pike (those that aren't carried by the Newton relay) are co-channel (same frequencies) with the Haltwhistle relay transmitter. So some viewers could potentially end up no better off, or at least suffer interference at times.

DAB will be available in Hexham within two years. Last month the BBC announced that it will be installing 162 new DAB transmitters for its national network, including one in Hexham:

Where will the 162 new BBC DAB transmitters be? | Digital radio | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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