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The symbol shows the location of the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter which serves 280,000 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 The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the The Wrekin 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.

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, plus 19 others

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C41+ (634.2MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C44 (658.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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

The The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 The Wrekin transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1327 Feb 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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the The Wrekin 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. The Wrekin 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Graham Gittins
10:53 AM

I have just changed my Sony Bravo to freeview. The picture quality is better than what I received from Virgin. When trying to view on catchup BBC works alright. With all ITV stations the menu comes up and allows selection, the logo and advertising plays you reach the program the title comes up but doesn't load. My set is a year old, and when I first loaded their apps about 4 days ago they all worked. With the rest of the download information displaying correctly I can't visualize it being a fault with my aerial or TV.

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Graham Gittins's 1 post GB flag

8:07 PM

Graham Gittins: Your catchup service have nothing to do with your aerial, unless its a Youview TV, in which case its a hybrid.

Try updating the app - ITV has always been a bit of a pain, and if needed, perhaps a factory reset and install. If its an Android TV, then you should have Youview, and thats easier to acces.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Elizabeth Wright
9:00 AM

From SY7 9 area: Why has my reception deteriorated in the past 2 months. Currently I can only get BBC1,2,ITV, 2,3,4 C4, E4 and more 4. retuning says 71 channels available, but are unwatchable because of pixellation.

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Elizabeth Wright's 2 posts GB flag
Elizabeth's: mapE's Freeview map terrainE's terrain plot wavesE's frequency data E's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:07 AM

Elizabeth Wright: You most likely have a fault with your aerial system, such as a loose or damaged cable or connection somewhere. Start by checking the cables behind your TV, then work your way back as far as you can safely access towards the aerial.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
1:23 PM

Why can't we have a simple list of the Freeview channels that aren't available from a given transmitter (e.g. Wrekin), in the form of the channel number followed by the name, in numerical order rather than grouped by technical spec, and information as to WHEN they WILL be available from that transmitter? I've looked at various sites, and can find neither a numerical list (only icons or at best names), nor the "when will it be available" info. I just wanted to find out whether I should be able to get channel 99, and if not then when WOULD I be able to.

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Carole's 1 post BE flag

3:17 PM

Carole: Apart from Aj Jazeera (which is due to appear of COM6 soon) no broadcaster has made any announcement of when any of their channels will increase their coverage. In most cases they won't, as they simply aren't prepared (or can't afford) to pay the increased costs of broadcasting their channels on a multiplex with wider coverage. If you want a numerical list of channels, Digital UK has one at the link below, which also shows which channels are on which multiplex, so you can easily see which are available from your transmitter (The Wrekin does not have COM7 & COM8 and won't gain them at any point in the future, as both a temporary services which will close in the next few years).

Digital UK | Channel listings

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
Thursday, 13 June 2019
David Corbett
6:53 PM

I cannot access channels 20 or 21nor can my friend who lives 7 miles away. We've both re-tuned our boxes - taking out the aerial once' and re-tuning again with the aerial re-inserted. My address is 51 haygate Drive, Wellington, Telford Shropshire TF1 2BZ, and my friend's address is 23 Whitworth Drive, Randlay, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 2NN. We both receive our freeview channels from The Wrekin transmitter, and have previously received a good signal from both channel 20 and 21. Can you help, please?
Many thanks.
David Corbett

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David Corbett's 1 post GB flag
David's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

10:06 PM

David Corbett:

Thgousands of people around your area have no problems with the signal from the Wrekin transmitter. I suggest you check all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug all the coaxial plugs/sockets and then refit them.

Also check that you have a suitable wideband aerial.

Plus you are rathger close to the transmitter at a distance of only 3 km. That suggests you may actually have too much signal and that will cause all sorts of problems, including those you report. So check the reported signal strengths, ideally they should be between 60% and 85% (no more and no less), then search this website to 'Too much of a good thing...' and follow that advice.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 July 2019
1:18 PM

I have recently moved house to SY2 6JF and have my aerial pointing at the Wrekin transmitter. My old house at WV16 6TW also pointed at the Wrekin transmitter. My old house used to get Channel 4+1 HD and all the others perfectly fine.

I have pointed our Aerial to the same transmitter and re-tuned our TV in our new property it does pick up Channel4+1 as an option on our TV's guide but then when you select the channel is says no signal?

I don't understand why we could get it at our last property and we where much further away but can't get it now and we're much closer? I installed both Aerials myself so I know they where both definitely pointing at the Wrekin.

Surely if there wasn't any signal for Channel4+1 HD our TV would remove the channel? Even upon a retune the channel remains as does all the other channels in COM7 but the TV shows no signal what's all that about?

Any help would be most appreciated :)

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AlexB's 1 post GB flag
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4:14 PM

AlexB: Channel 4 +1 HD is on the COM7 multiplex which has never been broadcast from The Wrekin. You must have been picking it up from another transmitter at your old house (probably Sutton Coldfield going by the Digital UK checker).

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