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The symbol shows the location of the Whitby (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter which serves 7,700 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 Whitby (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitby 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)105mDTG-100W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 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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C35 (586.0MHz)105mDTG-100W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Tyne Tees), 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 (Tyne Tees),

 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)105mDTG-100W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 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?

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The Whitby (North Yorkshire, 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 Whitby transmitter?

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BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 84km northwest (309°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 87km northwest (307°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Whitby (North Yorkshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100W

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

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Jul 1974Yorkshire Television
Jul 1974-Feb 2004Tyne Tees 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. Whitby 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, 5 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:43 AM

WHITBY transmitter - Over the next week Whitby relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Sunday, 2 September 2012
Andrew Jordan
10:09 PM

I have just bought an apartment at Whitehall landing and could not tune any Digital channels, I also struggled to get any analogue reception. From the info here is it correct that these digital channels are not infect available until the coming weeks. I was going to complain that there was something wrong with the arial. Thanks for any info.

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Dave Lindsay

10:20 PM

Andrew Jordan: The Whitby transmitter does not carry any digital (Freeview) channels until switchover later this month.

It will only carry Public Service channels which are shown at the top of this page. There will be no ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film4, Dave, 4seven etc.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Mark Edwards
9:19 AM

Receiving Freeview OK, but no ITV channels. Have retuned twice this morning, and nothing.
Is this typical Whitby transmitter being behind the rest of the UK as usual? If not, what time do the second wave of channels come live (ITV1, ITV2, C4 C5)?

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Dave Lindsay

9:28 AM

Mark Edwards : It is expected to be up mid-morning. See

Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times

The reason being that there are only a finite number of engineers who must commute.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:36 AM

So if I'm reading this correctly, Whitby ISN'T getting 'Dave' ?

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Dave Lindsay

10:44 AM

Chris: That is correct.

The Commercial (COM) channels cover 90% of the population from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). The other 8.5% who can receive Freeview only get the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels. This is because there are over 1,000 PSB-only relays like Whitby and for the Commercial broadcasters to transmit from these would roughly double their cost of transmission.

As they operate purely for profit from advertising which they show to as many viewers as possible which they wish to acquire at lowest possible cost they declined the offer to increase their coverage.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:48 AM

Well that's a damn disgrace.

And now I think about it I don't think I've seen/heard anything that suggested we wouldn't be getting the full Freeview service.


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Dave Lindsay

10:52 AM

Chris: I think that Freeview Lite as it's unofficially called is the well unpublicised. It must be the biggest let-down and will likely only be discovered at switchover.

Due to you being low-lying, I don't think you have any chance of reception from Bilsdale, unfortunately.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:54 AM

It beggars belief that we're still 'behind the times' - even with a brand new transmitter aerial installed a few years ago.

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