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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 - Whitehawk Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 20/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

1:16 PM


To be quite frank, I would leave the auto-update off. The 700MHz Clearance has been completed in all but a couple of places in the North, so the only likely changes will be if some broadcasters decide to change the channels they provide on the COM multiplexes or move them between multiplexes etc. There's usually on-screen messages when that happens, if not a general retune one, a pop-up on the programme affected.
The trouble with auto-update is, you only want a loss of signal for a brief period and off it goes messing things up especially if occasionally signals from another "nearby" transmitter are receivable but not reliably!
You can also keep an eye on Service updates | Freeview which usually has any changes listed.

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Thursday, 1 October 2020
Shona wardrop
9:21 AM

Complete tv blackout in Brighton marina . Seems widespread from comments on other sites, and follows weeks of dreadful and erratic signals blacking out various channels

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Clare McNeil

9:56 AM

Hello, I wonder if you can help us please, we have no TV signal in the Hove area. Are there engineering works happening or is it due to the weather? Do we need to retune? Sorry I am not tech minded with any of this. Any help and information on whats going on and when we be able to watch TV again would be most appreciated. Many thanks.

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Clare McNeil

10:02 AM

Hello I wonder if you can help us, we have no TV signal in the Hove area. Are there engineering works, do we need to re-tune? Sorry we are not tech minded at all with any of this. Any help and information regarding this would be most appreciated. Many thanks.

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3:24 PM

Clare McNeil:

Do NOT retune. The transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions".
If you have perchance retuned when you had no signal is will most likely have cleared the correct tuning and you'll have to repeat a retune when signals are restored.

Shona wardrop:

See comments above. Also the problems you have been noticing in recent days over the last couple of weeks have been most likely down to adverse weather conditions - There's been some "Tropospheric Ducting" see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS for a simplistic explanation.

It can be quite variable, come and go within seconds, minutes or hours. It doesn't necessarily affect all multiplexes at the same time or at all and not everyone will be affected, it will depend on location. At times it can wipe out your reception.
People in different parts of the UK and Europe have been experiencing problems. The conditions should currently have cleared.

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Clare McNeil

8:02 PM

Hello Chris

Thank you for your advice and information. At the moment everything seems fine. We didn't re-tune thank goodness. If there any further "possible service interruptions" I will not re-tune. Many thanks.

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Friday, 2 October 2020

1:19 AM

Clare McNeil:

No problem. I hope Shona wardrop: has also seen my reply.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020
Alan H
6:56 PM

Hi there, it would appear that the transmitter broadcast information above for Whitehawk Hill has changed a while ago and hasn't been updated.
Having recently moved and retuned here is the latest signal information (29th Nov2020):-

BBCA C48 (690.0MHz) for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 etc

D3+4 C35 (586.0MHz) for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV2 etc

BBCB C36 (594.0MHz) for BBCHD, ITVHD, Channel4 HD, Channel5 HD, etc

SDN C32 (562.0MHz) for Horror, Drama, Quest, ITV2+1, ITV3+1, etc

ArqA C34 (578.0MHz) for Dave, Really, Pick, Challenge etc

ArqB C33 (570.0 MHz) For Yesterday, Sony Movies, CBS Drama, Talking Pictures, etc

LBN C48 (626.0MHz) For Local Latest etc.

Hope this helps, I cleared my TV and retuned each one manually.

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Alan H
6:59 PM

Alan H: Sorry LBN C40 not C48

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Monday, 30 November 2020

2:54 AM

Alan H:

As you say the Local Brighton mux L-BTN is on C40. The site owner hasn't had time to do all the updates resulting from the 700MHz clearance, and the regular posters here periodically make a post with the updated listings. Thanks for yours, my last one for Whitehawk Hill was on the 25th July on p91.

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