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The symbol shows the location of the Skipton (North Yorkshire, 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 Skipton (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Skipton 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
C39+ (618.2MHz)212mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Yorkshire, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)212mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Yorkshire (Emley Moor micro region)), 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 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C42 (642.0MHz)212mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Yorkshire, 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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Skipton (North Yorkshire, 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! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, 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 TV 2, 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 Skipton transmitter?

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BBC Look North (Leeds) 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS9 8AH, 44km east-southeast (114°)
to BBC Yorkshire region - 56 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 42km east-southeast (115°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Emley Moor) region - 59 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Belmont region

How will the Skipton (North Yorkshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1331 Dec 2019-
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves BBCA

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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Emley Moor transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Oct 2002Yorkshire Television
Oct 2002-Dec 2014ITV
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Skipton 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.

Sunday, 2 September 2012
James Millar
5:41 PM

Due to there being no advance notice of the local transmitter being shut down for maintenance from 11.51 today, Sunday, 2nd September 2012(and there is still no signal as I write this email at 17.35)I missed the Belgian Grand Prix after driving back to Skipton to watch it on my TV. I intend to sue someone for compensation for this crass and arrogant behaviour. Would you have done this maintenance during the Olympic Games, or during the World Cup? No you waited for a "minority" sport with lower viewing figures. Kindly send me an email and tell me who is going to pay me compensation for this loss of service, and I will instruct my lawyer accordingly.
James Millar

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Robert Stead
7:47 PM

Shame on you that as a public service you have not the basic decency to either inform of impending engineering works or inform of likely time of restoration. You represent the worst of British arrogance. I assume if there were a means of compensation you would not be so complacent. Is this a wake up call - roll on legal procedures.

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Saturday, 4 May 2013
11:08 AM

why can we not get the full set of freeview channels? We changed to youview and now have much fewer channels than we had using an old sky box to receive freeview. We only get about 15 tv channels. Are there plans to increase the number of channels available in skipton?

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Dave Lindsay

12:06 PM

andy: The "full" set of Freeview channels comprises of those from the Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) and those from the Commercial (COM) broadcasters. Whilst the PSBs have an obligation to provide a Public Service, the Commercial ones do not. As such, the latter stick the largest transmitting stations (largest by viewer population). See here for a further explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

In some parts where the Skipton transmitter is available, other full-service transmitters can be received, albeit that these are generally North West region rather than Yorkshire. The full-service transmitters that might be possible are Winter Hill and, near Lancashire, Pendle Forest (there may be others).

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Dave Lindsay

1:46 PM

andy: YouView is an on-demand system which incorporates a Freeview (terrestrial) receiver.

Freesat "free time" is an on-demand system with free-to-air satellite channels. All channels which are on Freeview PSB muxes (i.e. those you have available from the Skipton transmitter) are on Freesat.

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Monday, 13 May 2013
Peter naylorb
12:30 PM

Since the recent re-tune I am unable to get a good picture on all the BBC channels. I have tried the manual re-tune as suggested but the picture is always very pixelated. I had no bother at all before the re-tune. Any suggestions?

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Monday, 3 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
Nic Foxton
10:25 AM

I have the same problem as Peter naylorb, since the re-tune all BBC and all HD channels block out and fail completely. The commercial HD channels are a little more reliable though. I've tried manual and auto re-tunes on both my HD Recorder and my NEW TV (Samsung), my previous TV is also suffering the same problems. Since it happened after the re-tune I can't say it's anything around the home or the equipment / aerial. Check transmitter status and all I get is denial and told to check my setup. If I'm getting the commercial channels ok, then that suggests what?

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Nic Foxton
10:36 AM

Manual tuning shows C45 (commercial) Signal Quality at 100% consitently. C39 (BBC) bouncing between 28% and 60% signal quality. C42 (HD) between 20% and 100% blipping every few seconds.

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Nic Foxton
10:58 AM

Now that is interesting, after another manual re-tune all HD channels are now good. Still getting blocking on BBC SD channels though (C39) but they are more stable than previously. Doesn't alter the fact that this all kicked off with the last re-tune.

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