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The symbol shows the location of the Truro (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 5,200 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 Truro (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Truro 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
C34 (578.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South West, 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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C35 (586.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (West Country), 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 (West Country),

 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Truro (Cornwall, 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, GREAT! romance mix, 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 Truro transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 66km east (79°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 74km east (80°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Truro (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-171 May 2019
C49tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 8 Jul 09 and 5 Aug 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 22W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 4.4W

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

Apr 1961-Dec 1981Westward Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South West (TSW)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Westcountry 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. Truro 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.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Dave Lindsay

3:24 PM

zoe: An exact location, preferrably in the form of a post code might help assess the possibility of reception of another transmitter. The question is perhaps not quite one of "if" you direct your aerial at another transmitter, but rather if you can ever receive a stable signal from another transmitter.

The fact that Truro is in a valley reduces the chances; indeed the reason for the need for the relay is because the populas is low down and cannot "see" any other transmitter.

The reason you only get a limited number of channels from the Truro relay is outlined in the link provided by Briantist on 17 January. As explained, this is unlikely to change.

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W A Sturges
4:40 PM

Aerial is on flat roof of 3 storey block of Flats pointing at Caradon and feeds flats thru a Dist. Amplifier

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Paul Richards
8:16 PM

TR1 1NQ. Clear view to transmitter. Up until a few weeks ago we had a signal strength of 9 for BBC. Now it is 4. Nothing has changed here.

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Mark Fletcher

10:41 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Paul Richards,Truro.
I would look up the section "Freeview reception has changed" !

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Monday, 3 December 2012
Marc S
7:55 AM

Why do I received ITV HD Central in Truro? Also get the same on Satelitte?

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Dave Lindsay

10:47 AM

Marc S: Because there are far fewer ITV1 HD regions than there are ITV1 regions and sub-regions:

ITV 1 HD | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Y Fuller
3:54 PM

Why are so many supposedly free FREEVIEW channels, such as the new Drama channel, not available in Cornwall?
Will they eventually become available?
I am in the Roseland TR2 5DR

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Dave Lindsay

4:17 PM

Y Fuller: Because there are two types of broadcaster in the UK: Public Service and Commercial.

The Commercial (COM) networks which carry Drama and others have free reign on where they wish to broadcast from, a decision which was driven by their objective to make a profit.

The Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) networks, on the other hand, must provide a service to the population, which means installing transmitters like St Anthony in Roseland that serve small pockets.

For a further explanation see:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) Freeview Light transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

You would appear to be in a spot where reception of the full complement of channels from an alternative transmitter is not possible.

Perhaps consider a satellite service such as Freesat. This does not carry Drama because it is only available via satellite on Sky's subscription platform.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014
Daniel Smith
3:48 PM

We are in Truro very close to the transmitter. Just bought a Panasonic with built in Freeview HD. Whilst it can pick up the BBC channels they all have intermittent signal, especially the HD channels. Would a signal booster help with this?

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Monday, 17 November 2014
Transmitter engineering

8:09 AM

TRURO transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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