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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) mast?

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford 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.

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley 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 (Central west),

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C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South (Oxford), 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 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 -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Oxford,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Oxford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (182°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

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

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-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. Oxford 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.

Monday, 3 June 2013

8:05 PM

Mike Dimmick/KMJ,Derby/Paul.: OK... it seems as if the Oxford transmitter is run with Merdian Thames Valley's region's news.

But it seems odd that ITV Sales offers the Central South region as an ad region.

Does this mean that Central South is operated as two sub-sub-regions: one for Oxford (thames Valley News, Central South adverts) and one for Ridge Hill (Central West News, Central South Adverts)?

That would make Ridge Hill very super-served, given that it ALSO has a ITV West extra transmission too - Ridge Hill (ITV West) (County of Herefordshire, England) Freeview Light transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag
mary t
8:18 PM

I have lost all my channels since Wednesday and re-tuning doesn't find any channels.

Do i need a at800 filter for the 800mhz 4G issue - please help!

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mary t's 1 post GB flag

10:35 PM

Thanks for correcting this, Briantist.

The text which I was trying to give as evidence was "My TV region
If you get your signal from the Oxford transmitter you are part of the Central ITV region but you will receive the ITV Meridian news service."

Thank you.

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Paul's 45 posts GB flag

10:49 PM

Briantist: To quote from the above blog link (from

Basically the old Thames Valley Tonight, Meridian Tonight South East, and Meridian Tonight South are all being amalgamated into one programme Meridian Tonight.

The West and East of the new region will each get their own version of Meridian Tonight for the first 15-18 minutes of the six oclock programme, after that the services will merge to cover stories that are relevant to the whole of the region what the jargon calls a pan-regional service.
The West and East part of the region will also get their own dedicated late bulletin usually at 10.30pm. All the other bulletins GMTV, lunch and weekend will be pan-regional.

Inevitably this has meant some reduction in staff, and most visibly it will mean there are only two presenters for two regions, rather than six for three regions.

The new presenting team are Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra, and you can see profiles of them on our front page, as well as those of our new family of correspondents on our website - Latest News - ITV News

The other presenters Debbie Thrower, Ian Axton, Wesley Smith and Mary Green have left. And you can read what the official press releases said about them here.

The changes have all been made against a background of massive upheaval in British broadcasting. In a nutshell ITV had an obligation to make regional news as part of the original conditions of its broadcasting licence. But those conditions have been relaxed as a result of the huge number of digital stations now competing for advertising revenue, and the credit squeeze.

This is all part of a big national debate about PSB public service broadcasting, and who should pay for it. The problem is that PSB is EXPENSIVE, and cannot be maintained on a purely commercial basis.

The BBC is obviously paid for by the licence fee, but other PSB providers, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the largest provider, ITV, are asking for either separate funding, or to be released from their obligations. The government is promising to come up with a solution soon. In the meantime economic realities have forced changes across the whole PSB landscape.

Having said all that I do know the team here at Meridian are very good at what they do, and will identify stories of interest to our whole audience, and we still have enough reporter/correspondents to get across the whole patch. We have had to come to grips with new working practices to do this, and reporters now operate cameras and edit their own material. New technology also means we are able to to edit on location or go live and beam reports back to base from anywhere across the patch, using the internet, or any of our three satellite trucks.

Also we will be developing our online services and will hopefully fill any gap viewers may feel has not been filled by the new service.

So as one blogger put it give them a chance we are confident we are still best placed to inform and entertain the viewers of the South and the South East.

Blogged by Jonathan Marland
ITV Meridian Online Editor

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag

11:13 PM

In a video Reports on changes to regional news (ITV Yorkshire and ITV Central South) - 2006 - YouTube they say that Thames Valley is *PART* of the Central South region (3:20).

There's some static weather maps on Thames Valley Tonight: 2006-2007 | TV Live which also Oxfordshire, but not the Ridge Hill area.

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag

11:20 PM

Briantist: Not sure if you are aware, but Ridge Hill has an extra D3&4 mux broadcasting ITV West news, which I've seen come up on the DUK website and is mentioned on wikipedia.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 June 2013

9:06 AM

Paul: Thanks. It seems that the text has been removed from the actual pages, but I think I have enough evidence for the configuration now.

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
S J Bolton
1:45 PM

mary t - I think your post might have been lost in the middle of the 'when-did ITV-Central-become-Meridan-or-whatever' posts...
You don't say where you are, but there was a bit of messing about on the Beckley transmitter last Wednesday and we had to do a re-tune here in Aylesbury. I guess the thing to do would be a First-Time Installation on your TV and that should pick up all available Channels.
Or maybe you could re-post and someone with more knowledge than me could help you?

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