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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 96,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast?

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:04 until 8 Dec 11:17. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 10:55 until 7 Dec 12:18. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10 BBC

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehawk Hill 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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C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South 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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C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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 (Meridian south coast),

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C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South 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

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C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

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C40 (626.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
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from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Whitehawk Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 43km northeast (36°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 80km west (274°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1316 Oct 2019

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5(-3dB) 5kW
Mux B*(-10dB) 1000W
Mux 2*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBN(-14dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux A*(-17dB) 200W

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

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Whitehawk Hill 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, 2 July 2012
Dave Lindsay

3:08 PM

Martin: As geoff says, check that it is tuned to Whitehawk and not Rowridge.

If it is, then the simple workaround is to unplug the aerial for the first 40% of the scan. This will miss out low channels (frequencies) used by Rowridge, but will scan higher ones used by Whitehawk.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:09 PM

Martin: If you do find that it is tuned to Whitehawk, then I suggest that you get a 20dB variable attenuator.

For example (other outlets and sellers are available):


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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Peter berry
8:51 PM

Please help, why can't I get ITV3 in Saltdean?

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Dave Lindsay

11:02 PM

Peter berry: Which transmitter is your aerial directed to?

If it is the Saltdean relay then you will not receive ITV3 or any other Commercial channels from it because it doesn't broadcast them.

If it is Whitehawk Hill, then perhaps you are marginal. Do you get the other Commercial channels?

See this page and identify which of the COM multiplexes (if any) you get:….php

ITV3 is carried on COM4. So do you get COM5 (Pick TV) and COM6 (Yesterday)?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
7:37 PM

I have no freeview channels from white hawk, but a rescan picks up some 800, presumably from from Roridge, these are very weak and break up all th etiquette. Anyone else in BN1 area having the same problem?

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CGreen's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 16 August 2012
5:51 PM

Before the digital changeover I used to receive BBC South for my local news. Now I get BBC South East which is all about Kent. Its more than 40 miles to the Kent border from Hove. We have much more in common with Worthing, Chichester, Bognor etc that are all within 40 miles of Hove.

Why dont we get South Today and BBC South anymore ?

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HoveActually's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:01 PM

HoveActually: See for an explanation:

Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from 7th March 2012 | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The change of Whitehawk's BBC region coincided with a change in the coverage area of the relevant news programmes (in theory).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 August 2012
4:18 PM

I have Windows 7 Media Centre, which periodically re-tunes and picks up multiple BBC channel, particularly BBC2, 3 and 4.
I live in Central Brighton and the aerial is directed toward Whitehawk Hill.
I assume it's picking up other transmitters, so was wondering f there's anyway to stop this permanently, as Media Centre will keep re-scanning in background. I saw mention of an attenuator, whcih I assume reduces signal strength?


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Simon's 2 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

11:10 AM

Simon: Can you stop the periodic retunes?

If so, you could try the trick mentioned before here, namely unplugging the aerial for the first half of the channel scan (i.e. the first half of the frequencies scanned). At about 50% plug the aerial in again and cross your fingers.

Hope this helps,

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JimD's 41 posts GB flag
11:46 AM

Thanks Jim,

I'll have a bash at that.

Now that I think I've identified the preferred Whitehawk channels I might be able to disable the others.


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