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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

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

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

Which Freeview channels does the Winter 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.

 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
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 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

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 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.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
8:29 PM

the little BBC men in my telly have died - all I get is a black screen

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sammy's 1 post GB flag

8:45 PM

Kevin: If a manual tune shows no signal on C49 and C50 are you using a communal aerial? If so your landlord or housing management company will need to be contacted in order to make adjustments. If it is your own aerial check for single frequency interference from a VCR or Sky box with the RF modulator set to C49/50. Also try repositioning any aerial fly leads and HDMI cables in case there is any interaction with each other or the receiver.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
9:24 PM

Those of you who are not receiving a signal. Have you tried feeding your Freeview TV's/Boxes/Recorders by passing any boosters. If you are receiving a potentially good signal from your chosen transmitter or relay, a booster may be counting against your reception.

Give it a try.

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Glenn's 7 posts GB flag
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Dave in Crewe
10:55 PM

Now it seems that in Crewe, my set wants welsh TV, with a picture that breaks up (BBC1). I dont see how to force my Samsung TV to delete its current list, and manually select the channels.

Help !!!

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Alan John Rowley
11:16 PM

I am showing no signal
therefore cannot retune
10.04.13 1030 pm

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Alan John Rowley's 1 post GB flag
11:28 PM

tried to retune most of the day/night getting very weak signal on one set and no signal for bbc channels on two other sets aerial located on roof had no problems prior to to retune.I do have sky and can only use on set with sky.I feel that since we`ve had digital tha service has been awful regarding all the upgrades over 50years of analogue we never had these problems we had to get rid of good tv`s for the rubbish service we get now it must have cost the public millions for this

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Thursday, 11 April 2013
12:43 AM

Is the set on C49 running at it's full power as in my Tv is refusing to lock on? The status bar when I try to retune manually keeps going from red to amber with the odd brief green showing the signal variable quality. I don't have any problems with the main channel 50 etc. BTW I live near Blackpool.

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Nige's 1 post GB flag
2:39 AM

To Dave in Crewe...
I have a Samsung TV and I have had the welsh problem too, so try this...

Whatever the main TV aerial is connected to (either the TV itself or DVD,whatever.....disconnect it. Then using the TV Samsung remote, press `menu`, you should get a box come up with several options. Using the up and down keys, scroll down to the bottom one which should give you
the options `Guide`, `Digital Channel`, `Setup`, `Language`. Scroll over to the left and select `Setup`.

Select the relevant symbol on the left of that screen which gives you `Country`, `Auto Store`, `Manual Store`, `Edit Favourite Channels`,`Channel list`

Select `Auto Store`, when the next screen comes up, click Start (to update your list of channels)....NOTE! because you disconnected the aerial beforehand, this should delete all existing data, but do not worry. Let it run through and tell you to check the aerial (!) Ignore that.

Next; RECONNECT the aerial, then go back to the Manual Store option,...

If you`ve done this right you should be looking at a screen that - from left to right - has a highlighted number called `Channel`, then `Frequency` then `Bandwidth`.

It is the Channel number that you need, and the numbers you require are 50, 59, 54, 58,
49, and 55 which will give you the main terrestrial channels and the Freeview ones.
The most important one as far as you are concerned is 50, because that is now the home of the BBC group of stations after 10th April 2013.

In each case press OK to let the TV search through each set of numbers. Once thats done you are set!

Note! You will have to do this for EACH appliance you have connected to your TV, using its OWN remote.
SO in each case it is disconnect aerial, auto scan to delete, reconnect aerial, then manual scan.

This should avoid the Welsh stations problem you are having. Good Luck

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Stuart Owens

6:54 AM

Well for some reason, the frequency changes of 61 and 62 to 49 and 50 has completely knocked out my signals of Sutton Coldfield on 43 and 46.
I don't know why this should be the case as 49 and 50 aren't anywhere really that near to 43 and 46.
At least I can still get The Wrekin for the Midlands even if I can't get SC.

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Simon Logan
7:55 AM

I live close to Boothstown about 10 miles outside Manchester and about 3 miles from Bolton, i used to use channel 62 but now it will not work.... do i use channel 56 ?

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