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The symbol shows the location of the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter which serves 2,690,000 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 Winter Hill (Bolton, England) mast?

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Winter Hill transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Granada), 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 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 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 max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Now 90s,  Spotlight TV,  Clubland TV,  Country Music Entertainment ,  Classic Hits MCR, 76 That's Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 86 That's 90s MCR, 88 TV Warehouse+1,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/4 18.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Winter Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (140°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast (139°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
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C50tv_off BBCABBCA

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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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-12.9dB) 25.7kW
com8(-13.4dB) 22.6kW
Analogue 5(-16dB) 12.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LL(-24dB) 2kW
GIM, LM, LPR(-27dB) 1000W

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

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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.

Thursday, 8 November 2018
Mrs Jo Kenyon
11:32 AM

We are having problems in the BB8 area. Our tv's keep going off saying 'no signal'.
This has happened several times since Monday, also, the picture keeps breaking up.
Could you please advise me if there is a problem. There are 4 that I know of that this has happened to.

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Chris F
3:13 PM

There is maintenance on Winter Hill this week that could cause a week signal according to :

Digital UK | Planned engineering works

Unfortunately very little detail on what is occurring or when it will be finished. If anyone else knows the details then it would be useful to know.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018
Mr Stockton
4:44 PM

All my anologue channels have gone off suddenly. Only got 21 other channels too. Since 4.00ish today. Tried retune starts at channel 18

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Sunday, 25 November 2018
8:39 AM

StevensOnln1: Bought a new tv, retuned & can get 70 channels but no BBC with BT box. Tried connecting aerial direct to tv but no BBC with Freeview either. No problems before retune, everything worked fine. Could this be a signalling problem that needs a filter/attenuator and if so, what type should I buy? Any advice gratefully received. Postcode is M29 7DT, roof aerial.

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Keith's 2 posts GB flag
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8:42 AM

Bought a new tv, retuned & can get 70 channels but no BBC with BT box. Tried connecting aerial direct to tv but no BBC with Freeview either. No problems before retune, everything worked fine. Could this be a signalling problem that needs a filter/attenuator and if so, what type should I buy? Any advice gratefully received. Postcode is M29 7DT, roof aerial.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

3:56 PM

Keith: (and others).

There is maintenance again this week at Winter Hill (Granada).

People some distance from the transmitter may get no signal from time to time. Do NOT retune if you have no signal. If you have/or need to retune, try doing so later in the day/early evening as work does not normally carry on at that time.

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Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
10:12 PM

I have lost all itv, 1,2,3,4 channels.
This disruption has been going on for over a year. When will it be fixed?

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dennis's 2 posts GB flag

10:59 PM


There is no problem with the Winter Hill transmitter. If there were we would see thousands of complaints av=bout it - but there are none apart from yours. So you have a fault with your system. Check all the aerial cables and connections. Unpluhg all the coaxial plugs from their sockets and then refit, that will remove ab=ny corrosion/oxidation from the contacts which is a common cause of problems you report. Also ensure that you are tuned to the correct transmitter signals, you didn't give a full post code as is requested so we are unable to advice at this time. But if you put your post code and house number into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and select Detailed view you can then scroll down to check which transmitters provide reliabkle signbals at your location and what channels it uses.

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Thursday, 6 December 2018
Bob McCulloch
7:45 AM

What happened last night? ITV3 channel10,Drama channel 20 recordings failed due to a very poor signal. When I retuned my set it seemed as if the channels were all jumbled and many were missing altogether. then when I retuned this morning all seems fine.

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Bob McCulloch's 3 posts GB flag
10:26 AM

Good morning all - I seem to have lost multiplex COM7 (ARQC) today (6th December 2018) - lost all channels on that mux - BBC News HD, Ch4+1 HD, 4seven HD etc. I've checked another TV in the house and it is the same - retuning results (obviously) in those channels disappearing and on TVs I haven't re-tuned they show "no signal". DIgital UK ( is reporting planned engineering works but no other sites seem to be ... do you think Ihave a problem here or should wait until later today and see if the signal comes back? All other channels / mux show strong signal. Thanks, Mark.

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