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The symbol shows the location of the Whalley (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 1,500 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 Whalley (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whalley 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
C46 (674.0MHz)218mDTG-10W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 V max
C43 (650.0MHz)218mDTG-10W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Granada), 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 (Granada),

 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)218mDTG-10W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Whalley (Lancashire, 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 Whalley transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 39km south (169°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 38km south-southeast (168°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Whalley (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Mar 2018-
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves BBCB

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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 50W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Whalley 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, 15 June 2015
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

WHALLEY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 13 June 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

WHALLEY transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

WHALLEY transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 19 May 2017
Kevin Connor
9:05 AM

Why has signal strength reduced on c 46
we now cannot get BBC NW regional NeWS broadcasts
this is a New development in the past 3 weeks

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10:22 AM

Kevin Connor: Transmitters don't reduce their power output (except during engineering work and there hasn't been any recently at the Whalley transmitter) so you need to look for a problem with your own aerial system. Start behind the TV and check for any loose or damaged cables or connections, then work your way back towards the aerial as far as you can safely access.

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Kevin Connor
10:40 AM

Thanks for that I have checked all connections. Still the same problem.
c43 and c40 all ok . the problem persists on channel 46 with BBC coverage.
THUS I cant receive regional news on BBC. Commercial channels ok on c43 .


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Kevin Connor's 3 posts GB flag

1:51 PM

Kevin Connor: You havn't given us a signal level or a postcode to work with, but it could be that even though everything looks ok, a dodgy cable is causing a problem with that multiplex, and the others are low but workable.

As Steven said, its almost certainly your system.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
K Connor
5:19 PM

Kevin Connor:
Hi Mike
BB7 9UF post code
Signal level on c46 c43 c40 all high all the same.
however signal quality varies
c46 none
c40 very good
c43 good

problem has only started in last 3 weeks


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Saturday, 1 February 2020
Debi Hothersall
12:15 PM

We get our signal from Whalley nab repeater. Why is it going off line at 01.10 at night. It is affecting all the channels. I can be watching a program ok then at 1.10 it says no signal

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Debi Hothersall's 1 post GB flag

2:37 PM

Debi Hothersall:

There's no Planned Engineering listed by Freeview for this repeater, and the BBC have not reported any loss of their services.

How long has this problem been occurring?
What time do the signals return?
Have you had any changes to your equipment?
Have you had any changes to your electrical installation?

If this is occurring at 0110 exactly each night, it sounds like it's something operating on a timer that's causing interference. One of the most common things at this time of night is Off-peak heating/Economy 7 switching on the storage and other heaters. Maybe there's a bad connection or faulty thermostat etc that's casuing the problem. It may not be your own electrical equipment, it could be a near neighbour.

Can you detect any interference on any radio channels that starts and ends at the same time?

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