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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 20,000 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 Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehaven 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.

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C43 (650.0MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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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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C40 (626.0MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Border (England)), 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 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C46 (674.0MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Whitehaven (Cumbria, 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 Whitehaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 136km east-northeast (67°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 60km northeast (45°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

How will the Whitehaven (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20072007-1331 Dec 2019-
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves D3+4

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 17 Oct 07 and 14 Nov 07.

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 Caldbeck transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 19 November 2012
Nicholas Willmott

2:29 PM

If the Whitehaven relay serves 20,000 homes that's a lot for a relay, indeed more than some Scottish main trainsmitters which broadcast the full range of Freeview muxes. On those grounds, Whitehaven ought to have got the full range (3 PSBs and 3 COMs). As I've said elsewhere, at the very least, of the relays which were analogue only until switchover, the ones which serve 20,000 homes or more (e.g. Whitehaven, Bath) should have got all 6 muxes.

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Monday, 28 January 2013
John Sharpe
1:53 PM

Sir Whitehaven first to be connected - brilliant.
First to have a very limited service as most of the channels are of poor quality and plus one hour takes up 2 0f the few we have. Not BrilliaT.
Interruptions to servic are frequent and very annoying - very poor indeed.
We thought we were way out in front of the rest of the country but binstead we find ourselves as poor relations.
Lets have some action at the very least on elimination of th interruptions to service.

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Thursday, 18 April 2013
Neil Bingham
6:39 PM

Here in Whitehaven (the first area of UK to go digital) we were promised the moon - and are still waiting! Poor reception (plenty of pixelation, frequently out of synch sound etc, constant retuning (more than anyone else?))
Today 18/4/13 all channels (yes ALL of them - only about 12 anyway - NOT the around 60 promised - off air from 1030am to nearly 5pm (along with DAB radio - really super!!! - actually pathetic - now completely out of touch with the world)
When working ok - analogue never subject to all this unreliability thank gGod for FM radio (until that disappears!)
When, oh when, are we in Whitehaven going to get what we pay for - namely availability of same no of channels as the rest of the country (for the same licence fee)- and most of all a reliable service?
Singularly unimpressed - unreliable, few channels, no free HD TV.
Yours sincerely

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Dave Lindsay

7:18 PM

Neil Bingham: Unfortunately the Whitehaven transmitter isn't ever likely to carry all the channels. The reason being that there are Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels whose coverage is the same as the former four-channel analogue.

The Commercial (COM) channels are available from 81 of the largest transmitters. They have no "Public Service" obligation and only exist to make a profit.

The Licence Fee does not give any guarantee of availability of any reception. However, it goes to the BBC, and as a Public Service broadcaster, it broadcasts from Whitehaven.

For a more in-depth explanation as to the reasons behind the two-tier transmitter network, see:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Ultimately though, it comes down to politicians not requiring the Commercial licensees to provide "universal" coverage, although there is some debate as to whether there would be enough frequencies to allow every last transmitter to carry those channels.

Freeview has four HD services which are BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD and Channel 4 HD. These are carried on one of the PSB multiplexes and are therefore available from all transmitters.

The only thing to do is investigate the possibility of reception from a full-service transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

7:18 PM

Neil Bingham: I must've missed the memo which states that the licence fee goes towards providing anything but the BBC channels on Freeview, could you show me it please?

HD channels have been available from every single transmitter since switchover, and it's totally free if you have a Freeview HD TV.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013
John Baker
9:04 PM

This week from the Whitehaven transmitter although signal strength and quality are showing very good on the BBC channels on C43, all the independent channels are breaking up and the signal strength and quality vary between poor or none on C40. Do you know of any reason for this.

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John Baker
9:05 PM

I have tried retuning.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Transmitter engineering

9:29 PM

WHITEHAVEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:01 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

11:30 PM

WHITEHAVEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today to 22:34 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today to 22:34 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:01 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 14 March 2014
Transmitter engineering

12:31 AM

WHITEHAVEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today to 22:34 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 20:01 today to 22:34 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:01 today to 22:34 today. [BBC]

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