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The symbol shows the location of the Tenbury Wells (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 2,300 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 Tenbury Wells (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tenbury Wells 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
C41- (633.8MHz)127mDTG-3W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)127mDTG-3W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)127mDTG-3W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 45 Freeview channels?

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The Tenbury Wells (Worcestershire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , Together TV, 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 Tenbury Wells transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 51km east-northeast (70°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 50km east-northeast (69°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Tenbury Wells (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 14W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2.8W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Tenbury Wells 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, 18 March 2013
Dave Lindsay

11:02 AM

Bernard Casken: The "national" broadcasters in the UK are known as "Public Service Broadcasters". These are available from Tenbury Wells transmitter, as they are available from all other TV transmitters.

It is the Commercial broadcasters that don't have a "Public Service" obligation that get to pick and choose which transmitters they wish to pay to use. See here for an explanation:

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

What you might like to do is assess whether you may be able to receive from a full-service transmitter such as Sutton Coldfield.

The fact that you are receiving from the Tenbury Wells relay does not necessarily mean that reception from the main station (Sutton Coldfield) is out of the question. After all, in the days of analogue you would only have been able to receive four channels irrespective of which transmitter you used. It may be that Tenbury Wells provided the better signal of the two, which is why it was chosen.

Today, however, the question may be one of whether you can receive from Sutton Coldfield at all. If so, then you may wish to have an aerial installed for it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

TENBURY WELLS transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 5 January 2023
carol tedstone
7:30 PM
Tenbury Wells

I live in St. Micaels Tenbury Wells. WR15 8TF Why can I not just get BBC and ITV instead of having to pay for SKY or similar?. I was told when we moved here that this area could not receive terrestrial tv is that correct?

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9:09 PM

carol tedstone:

Just doing some preliminary checks, that doesn't appear to be true, there is a local relay transmitter as well as the possibility of receiving the main Sutton Coldfield transmitter. However, it may depend on exactly where you are within the postcode, you may be in a "not" spot. I will need to do some more extensive checks and post any further information later.

In any event, you do not have to pay Sky. You should be able to get Freesat which is a subscription free satellite service similar to Freeview.

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Chris.SE's 3,680 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 January 2023

4:59 AM
Tenbury Wells

carol tedstone:

Most locations in St.Michaels don't have the postcode WR15 8TF, not that it seems to make much difference, different reception predictors give slightly differing/conflicting results for the area.

There doesn't appear to be a clear line of sight to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter (compass bearing ~57 degrees, that's 12 degrees east of NE), yet some predictors are saying "good" reception. As it's some 38 miles away the signal is not going to be strong and might be readily subject to interference issues in some weather conditions.
You do have line of sight to the Tenbury Wells relay (almost due North of you) assuming you don't have any very local obstructions like tall trees or adjacent buildings etc. but it is a very low power transmitter.

Have a look at your immediate neighbours aerials (if any) to see which way they point. Ask your neighbours about their reception, how reliable is it in different weather conditions etc.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which TV channels are carried on which multiplex. Relay transmitters only have the PSB1,2 & 3 multiplexes (BBCA, D3&4, BBCB HD).

If you want the widest choice of subscription free channels then your best bet might be to consider Freesat. Most modern TVs have an in-built satellite tuner so all you'd need to add would be a Dish and LNB, and of course an unobstructed elevation view 28.2 degrees E (azimuth ~143 degrees) for the Astra satellite (no trees, buildings, etc.). See if your neighbours have one.
If the set doesn't have the satellite tuner, Freesat boxes are available.

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