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The symbol shows the location of the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 700,000 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 Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Pontop Pike 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

LNE
 H -13dB
C56 (754.0MHz)447mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,

com7
 H -4.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-633,800W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -4.6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-634,600W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 Pontop Pike transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 15km northeast (42°)
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, 12km north-northeast (29°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1713 Nov 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TW TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C32SDN
C33com7com7
C34com8com8
C35ArqB
C39BBCA
C42D3+4
C45BBCB
C481
C49tv_offBBCBBBCBBBCB
C50tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C53tv_off-D
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C55tv_off+2ArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offLNELNE
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C59tv_off+AArqAArqAArqA
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C62+B
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65+C

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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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

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
com8(-11.6dB) 34.6kW
com7(-11.7dB) 33.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LNE(-20dB) 5kW

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. Pontop Pike 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.

Comments
Friday, 23 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:08 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 09:04 on 21 Aug to 13:20 on 21 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 09:09 on 20 Aug to 14:54 on 20 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 09:02 on 20 Aug to 14:54 on 20 Aug, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 09 [BBC]

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Sunday, 25 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 09:04 on 21 Aug to 13:20 on 21 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 09:04 on 21 Aug to 13:20 on 21 Aug, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 09:04 on 21 Aug to 13:20 on 21 Aug, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 09:04 on 21 Au [BBC]

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Friday, 30 August 2019
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Jon Douglas
9:03 AM

is the changeover on 12 September or 13 November ? Also Lne has not been shown to have a new home clarify please.

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StevensOnln1
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11:27 AM

Jon Douglas: According to Digital UK, Pontop Pike has frequency changes on 12th September (PSB1 moving) and 13th November for the rest. The local mux moves to UHF channel 33 on 13th November.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 19:00 yesterday to 21:43 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 15:40 yesterday to 18:30 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Wrong Programme from 18:30 yesterday to 19:00 yesterday. [BBC]

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Ann Hastie
11:28 AM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Post code NE5 1TX
We have had no coverage from any of the BBC channels including TV and radio since 12 September and still have none today & counting. We have no problems with Freeview. Has anyone any idea when transmission might be resumed. The aerial is in the loft but a neighbour whose aerial is on the roof has had no coverage either.

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:08 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 15:40 yesterday to 18:30 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Wrong Programme from 18:30 yesterday to 19:00 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 19:00 yesterday to 21:43 yesterday. [BBC]

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WILLIAM STRACHAN
11:37 PM

what happened to channel 87 KEEP IT COUNTRY CAN NOT FIND IT ANY WHERE SINCE CHANGED EVERY THING OVER

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Sunday, 15 September 2019
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:29 AM

Ann Hastie:

Have you & your neighbour retuned? There was a retune event on Thursday 12th as part of the http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/operations/700mhz_clearance where the BBCA/PSB1 multiplex moved to UHF Channel 32. You should have seen on-screen messages in the days leading upto the retune.

In your location you may not have any problems with the retune even if you have an old C/D group aerial, see http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/NE5+1TX+/NA/0/51c1b6h8td6p7pdoces3p4ffq4
If however you are having problems due to an old aerial you are going to need a Group T (Wideband) aerial. Providing you don't have Satellite or Cable TV you can get free help by contacting the Freeview Advice line on 0808-100-0288

There will be another retune event on 13th November when all the multiplexes are moving to new UHF channels.

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Chris.SE
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12:44 AM

WILLIAM STRACHAN:

Keep it Country has closed on Freeview to be replaced by Spotlight TV which is only receivable on the Manchester Local multiplex. See http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/channels/channel_listings

Spotlight TV is available on Sky, Freesat and streamed if you have a smart tv via Freeview channel 264. See http://spotlighttv.co.uk/what-happened-to-freeview/

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