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The symbol shows the location of the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter which serves 130,000 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 Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Fenton 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 V -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4
C28ArqBArqB
C29_local_local
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32com7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 10kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 1000W
com7, com8(-18.5dB) 140W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-20dB) 100W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-23dB) 50W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Fenton 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.

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Saturday, 21 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
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12:42 PM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 17 May to 14:29 on 17 May BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CB Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:49 on 17 May to 14:34 on 17 May BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 19 May to 15:55 on 19 May BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 19 May to 15:57 on 19 May BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 13:49 on 1 [BBC] Over the next week Fenton main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Sunday, 22 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 19 May to 15:55 on 19 May BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 19 May to 15:57 on 19 May [BBC] Over the next week Fenton main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 19 May to 15:55 on 19 May BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 19 May to 15:57 on 19 May [BBC] Over the next week Fenton main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Monday, 23 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
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9:43 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 19 May to 15:55 on 19 May BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 19 May to 15:57 on 19 May [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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9:43 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air; DSO related from 13:48 on 19 May to 16:04 on 19 May Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 19 May to 15:55 on 19 May BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 on 19 May to 15:57 on 19 May [BBC]

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Monday, 20 June 2011
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Lisa
9:28 PM
Stoke-on-trent

Hi
I am on Fenton Transmitter and have been for about 2 years using a freeview TV and a freeviw DVD recorder, both worked very well till about a month ago. I live on Meir park which had very poor analogue which is why we changed to digital earlier than we had to. for the last month, I , and at least 4 neighbours all have poor ITV, C4, C5, E4, sometimes so bad its not watchable. BBC seems ok most of the time. Because we all have the same problem we feel it cant be all our equipment. is Fenton transmitting differently since mid may? Do we need to re point aerials to sutton coldfield? thanks

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
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Vic Poole
10:09 PM

Lisa: Hello Lisa a neighbour of mine has had recent problems with Fenton. She is the only one not on Granada (n/west).Today I spoke to the change over people, on her behalf and they told me there would be engineering work and
reduced signal on and off until 7/9/2011.
this post code is ST10 and is recommended for Freesat. All of the Freeview folks locally are
on high-gain aerials but obviously get no Midlands news.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:38 AM

Lisa: Multiplex 2 did move from C30 to C33 on 20 April, because it would have clashed with high-power signals from The Wrekin. The prediction for that multiplex is poor.

Digital UK's postcode checker shows that Sutton Coldfield will be a better option for you, both now and after switchover.

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Monday, 11 July 2011
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Paddy
2:40 AM

A friend living in Lightwood (near Meir) is recieving Freeview HD. Is it possible he is recieving this from The Wrekin or is something going on in the area enabling him to pick up HD? I live in Stoke but can't revceive it (i do know it's not being broadcast from the local transmitter until September). Thanks :o).

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KMJ,Derby
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2:39 PM

Paddy: It is certainly possible that your friend is receiving the HD mux from The Wrekin. Another possibility is Winter Hill which is receivable in many parts of Stoke. A group C/D aerial set for horizontal polarisation is required for reception of Winter Hill.

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