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The symbol shows the location of the West Runton (Norfolk, 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 West Runton (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the West Runton 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
C31 (554.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 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 (Anglia east),

 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East, 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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The West Runton (Norfolk, 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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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 West Runton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 33km south (172°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 33km south (171°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the West Runton (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 9 Nov 11 and 23 Nov 11.

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

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 2kW

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

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. West Runton 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.

Thursday, 10 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

WEST RUNTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 05:33 yesterday to 06:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 11 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:28 AM

WEST RUNTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 05:33 on 09 Nov to 06:20 on 09 Nov [BBC]

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Dr W Thatcher
9:10 AM

my mother in east runton and my partner in sheringham cannot receive ITV3, or Film 4. I live in Sheringham and have my aerial pointed at Yorkshire.... and get loads more channels than they can.
Is this a transmission difference or is it an aerial problem?
What do you advise

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Dave Lindsay

9:38 AM

Dr W Thatcher: The answer to the question may depend on what transmitter(s) they are using.

The West Runton transmitter broadcasts Anglia regional programming, but does not carry the Commercial channels such as ITV3 or Film 4.

Those south of The Wash, along the North Norfolk coast, may have two aerials which were installed for analogue so that BBC Two and Channel 4 could be received from Belmont (the Yorkshire region transmitter) and BBC One and ITV could be received from a local relay. This allowed reception of Anglia regional programming. However, depending on the set-up, this may cause difficulty with reception of some digital services and may therefore require adjustment.

As well as answering the question, what transmitter(s) are they using, can you say whether they have more than one aerial connected (diplexed) together because this will likely have a bearing?

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Ron Gibbs
2:25 PM

Are you about to increase channels at West Runton transmitter? What are the new Channels-
We would like Ch 10 ITV3,Ch 16 QVC,Ch 82 Sky News -any chance?

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Dave Lindsay

3:02 PM

Ron Gibbs: Unfortunately not.

There are now two types of broadcaster in the UK: Public Service (PSB) and Commercial (COM).

The Commercial ones are purely profit-driven organisations and the Public Service ones, as the name implies, have a Public Service obligation.

The COM channels achieve coverage of 90% of the population by broadcasting from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population).

There are over 1,000 PSB-only relays like West Runton which serve about 8.5% of the population. For the COMs to add them to their portfolio would roughly double their cost of transmission. As they operate purely for profit derived from advertisers which requires viewers, then they wish to acquire most viewers at lowest possible cost. For this reason it isn't surprising that they don't wish to double their cost of transmission in order to add about 10% to their existing viewer base.

Along the North Norfolk coast Belmont comes in well and this is a full-service transmitter. It is, as you may know, a transmitter for the Yorkshire region.

In some cases where reception from two transmitters is possible, the feeds from each aerial can be combined. This requires the signals from each transmitter to be in different parts of the band.

West Runton uses low (Group A) UHF channels (frequencies) and COM5 and COM6 from Belmont are C/D ones (high channels) and this means that the two aerial approach will work. (This obviously assumes that reception from both transmitters is possible.)

However, because COM4 from Belmont is low down in Group A, it will be unavailable.

For a list of which services are carried on which multiplex, see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

For example, ITV3 is on COM4, Pick TV is on COM5 and Yesterday is on COM6.

Your other possibility is to have a Belmont aerial fitted (assuming reception is possible) but not combine it with West Runton. This will mean that you will need at least two receivers.

For example, if you have a recorder, you may have this tuned to Belmont. The West Runton aerial may feed a simple set-top box receiver thus allowing you to switch to it when there are regional variations you wish to view.

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Saturday, 13 October 2012
Gordon Rossiter
4:22 PM

I can tell you the problem West Runton Transmit only 3 multiplexxes hence no ITV3 or ITV4 Or Yesterday NOTHING to DO With My Aerial or high buildings ETC. Just 2 KW T/Mitter Only Please get to grips Thank You

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Dave Lindsay

4:31 PM

Gordon Rossiter: I am not sure of your point. As you say, West Runton only carries Public Service channels.

The explanation of why the Commercial broadcasters don't transmit from it is covered in my posting above (Wednesday 19 September 2012 3:02PM).

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Sunday, 17 March 2013
F Clarke
11:43 AM

Why is reception from WestRunton so poor and when will it be improved to include more Freeview channels in Sheringham? An engineer has tried Tacolneston and we were previously on Belmont both of which gave very poor reception with a roof aerial installed in 2011. So far the old analgue system was far better!

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Dave Lindsay

1:20 PM

F Clarke: As Sheringham is only a couple of miles from the 2kW transmitter, I would think that, generally speaking, it's very good. Exceptions may exist where the terrain or objects on the ground such as trees and buildings obstruct the path.

It could be the case that the signal going into your receiver is too high (owing to the relatively close proximity to the 2kW transmitter):

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | Digital switchover | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

I covered why West Runton only carries Public Service (PSB) channels here:

West Runton (Norfolk, England) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

As I said there, you won't be able to combine West Runton with Belmont to get all the Commercial channels, even if Belmont is a possibility.

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