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The symbol shows the location of the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 800 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 Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Melling 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
 H -7.7dB
C41 (634.0MHz)
Channel icons
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

 V max
 H -7.7dB
C44 (658.0MHz)
Channel icons
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
 H -7.7dB
C47 (682.0MHz)
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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Melling (Lancashire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, 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 MAX, 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 Melling transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 76km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 76km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1312 Aug 2020

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 14W
PSB1||, PSB2||, PSB3||(-4.5dB) 5W
PSB1≡, PSB2≡, PSB3≡(-12.2dB) 0.84W

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. Melling 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.

Friday, 11 August 2017

6:27 PM

John Baker:

Your post code as given is just 3 km from the Melling transmitter so you should have a very good signal, maybe too much? Please will you check what the signal strength reported by your TV set is forthe channels giving the problem. Ideally you want between 60% and 85% strength - anything more will cause the problems you report.

If the signal is too strong then you can insert an attenuator into the aerial feed, but don't let the weight of it 'hang' on the aerial socket but use a short flylead to connect it to the back of the set. Attenuators are quite cheap and can be bought from several on-line suppliers or the likes of Maplins.

Let us know if that helps, please.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 25 August 2017
John Baker
12:12 PM

Thank you MikeP. I have been otherwise engaged hence the delayed reply. I appear to be on the back lobe of Melling transmitter although with the use of a mast head amplifier this has not previoulsy been a problem. I take your point but I would be very surprised if my problem is being caused by too strong a signal, however I will seriosuly consider this.
I did a re-tune recently and thought the problem had gone away - which indeed it had for two days - but its back to pixilation and brek up again.

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John Baker's 5 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
John Baker
9:02 AM

The problem with severe picture pixilation with the Independent Group of TV channels from Melling transmitter is being caused by the recemnt installation of a mobile phone 4G aerial system on the same mast. The 4G signal interferes with the ITV Group frequencies and can in theory be solved by inserting a filter, preferably on the TV aerial mast near the mast-head amplifier.
This problem has affected many viewers in the LA2 area but not all. It seems random who is affected and who is not. I am indebted to the engineers from Toobys of Ingleton who indentified the problem for me.
John Baker

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John Baker's 5 posts GB

10:33 AM

John Baker:

You should have been given a free 4G filter. Contacting @800 would have led to them supplying such free of charge. They are at

This highlights the importance of giving all the relevant details, such as having an amplifier installed, as that aids us to 'faultfind' at a distance. Without the full knowledge of the installation and location as well as any recent changes, such as the provision of a 4G service from the same mast, it is hard for anyome remote to assist accurately. Further, s imple signal strength check using the facilities provided by your TV would have hinted as well.

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