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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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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-34,000W
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1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 11 others

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C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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 E4, 3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 73 Sewing Quarter,

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C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
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101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

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C57 (762.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

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C34 (578.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 V -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Jun 2018
aerial groupVHFC/D EEEC/D EC/D EC/D EW

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th March and 21st March 2012.

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.

Thursday, 8 March 2018
12:07 PM


The owners/management of your complex are responsible for the maintenance of your aerial system. Contact them directly to have the problems attended to properly. There are no reported faults at your local transmitter at this time, though it was off-air durimhg the night of Sunday for engineering work related to changes of channels used. You may need to try a retune to recover the channels that may have been moved.

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MikeP's 2,475 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Geoff Owen
11:55 AM

I think the information about channels and multiplexes (Whitehawk Hill above) is in real need of updating. As of March 2018 there have been major changes. Channels 48 and 56 are no longer in use and two new channels, 32 and 33 are now being used.

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Geoff Owen's 1 post GB
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Bob Higham
9:06 AM Brighton

As of March 14th2018 the UHF channel allocation for Whitehawk is:
PSB1 48 & 60 (depending on direction transmitter
PSB2 53
PSB3 51
COM4 33
COM5 57
COM6 32
This is a temporary allocation until over transmitters in the area are changed

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Bob Higham's 1 post GB
Friday, 16 March 2018
David Hitchin
5:43 PM Seaford

I am viewing from Seaford, BN25 2JH, picking up Newhaven and Whitehawk.

In the last day or so we have not been able to find COM4, usual automatic retuning. That seems to have happened since it moved to Channel 33. The other channels are pick up OK.

Is this just a Seaford problem, or is it more widespread?

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David Hitchin's 20 posts GB
Chris Gasgoine
6:03 PM

Many thanks Bob Higham, you have my eternal gratitude for publishing the channel change information relating to Whitehawk Hill.
Having lost the Sky News Channel I spent the best part of an afternoon trying to locate this information including contacting Freeview themselves who were unable to help.
As Bob says, these changes are temporary so it would be very useful to know where this information can be found, ideally before the changes take place. Can anybody help?

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Chris Gasgoine's 1 post GB
David Hitchin
6:08 PM

Just following up my previous post I have heard the same story from a friend in Shoreham, COM4 missing and not picked up on a retune.

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David Hitchin's 20 posts GB
7:02 PM

Chris Gasgoine: I believe com4 is SDN and com6 is ARQ B.

If you click on the "digitaluk trade" link below Bob Higham's post, you will find that SDN is on UHF 32 and ARQ B is on UHF 33.

The 14 Mar 18 Retune event and future Retune events as well as Reception changes appropriate to his postcode will be found there.

You can enter your own postcode near the top of the page.

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold NL
David Hitchin
10:23 PM

I have been advised that many aerials were designed for higher channels and will be less effective on lower ones such as 33. Also some were fitted with filters to reject channels below 40.

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David Hitchin's 20 posts GB
11:14 PM

David Hitchin & Chris Gasgoine: If you're having trouble receiving COM4 & COM6 from Whitehawk Hill following the frequency changes, you should contact the Freeview Advice Line (see link below) who can arrange for a new wideband aerial to be fitted (free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 2,149 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Saturday, 17 March 2018
R s aerials Seaford
8:18 AM

Hi being in the aerial business for last thirty years, we have been fitting wide band aerials as standard for at least last 10 years, many customers did not have regional tuners in their TVs so high pass filters were used to reject signals from the Isle of Wight, these will now need to be removed !

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R s aerials Seaford's 3 posts GB
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