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The symbol shows the location of the Ladder Hill (Derbyshire, England) transmitter which serves 6,000 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 Ladder Hill (Derbyshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ladder 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.

 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)452mDTG-200W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)452mDTG-200W
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)452mDTG-200W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Ladder Hill (Derbyshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Ladder Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 29km northwest (310°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 29km northwest (310°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Ladder Hill (Derbyshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Mar 2018-

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 1000W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200W

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. Ladder 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.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013
5:15 PM
High Peak


Hi, I've just spotted this discussion so it's probably too late to help you but; I have a horizontally polarised 18 element yagi pointed at Winter Hill from SK23 9SE, yes Eccles Pike is in the way, yes I need a cheap distribution amp, but it works and I have full Freeview,

I self installed (bought the twig on spec) and so did my next door neighbour on the basis of my success.
I would imagine that it will depend on exactly where you are ;)

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Kim's 3 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
8:58 PM

@Kim. Thanks for your message. I see you are the other side of Eccles Pike. At my location on the southerly side of Cracken Edge there is no chance of a direct link to Winter Hill. I went for a satellite dish in the end and am very happy with the Freesat service.

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Parsley's 7 posts GB
Sunday, 20 January 2013
10:52 PM
High Peak

Yes, I think you'd need a very long bendy aerial to "see" round the corner from there :D

We have Freesat too, best of both worlds.

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Kim's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 18 July 2013
7:56 AM

Why are we paying for somthing that does,nt work. we live in chapel en le frith and we cannot get Dave, pick, yeasterday and more. its about time ladder hill mast was up graded. when i lived in Birmingham i had every channel on freeveiw so what is the difference. i pay the same TV licence.

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8:44 AM

ROERT BARNFIELD: You are NOT paying for something that doesn't work, as the programme channels referred are not connected any way with the licence fee as they are being broadcast for profit making purposes paid for by the advertisers, and the only reason you were able to receive these channels in your previous location was simply because that the advertisers had calculated that the returns expected from the number of households within the transmitters coverage area would greatly exceed the contribution they have to make towards the running costs of the service.

This on course being the reverse in areas of lower population such as your own hence why they are not being transmitted.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

10:09 AM

ROERT BARNFIELD: The reason you have any TV channels now is because those broadcasters have an obligation to provide a "public service". One of those broadcasters is the BBC, to which your Licence Fee goes.

The fact that the Commercial broadcasters don't wish to transmit from Ladder Hill and over 1,000 other similar relay sites and is therefore unavailable to those viewers does not mean that the BBC should receive less revenue from those viewers.

The point is that there is now a two-tier system and two types of broadcaster: Public Service and Commercial. The latter exist purely for profit and serving a small proportion of the population, per viewer, is much greater. For that reason they aren't interested.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 14 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:21 AM

LADDER HILL transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

5:41 PM

LADDER HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:48 today to 12:54 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 today to 14:01 today. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 139,052 posts xx
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

1:31 AM

LADDER HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:48 yesterday to 12:54 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 yesterday to 14:01 yesterday. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 18 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

1:29 AM

LADDER HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:48 on 16 Apr to 12:54 on 16 Apr, HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 on 16 Apr to 14:01 on 16 Apr. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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