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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 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 Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford 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
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 12 Quest, 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

LOX
 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

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

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

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (183°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 May 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Oxford transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-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. Oxford 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.

Comments
Monday, 3 June 2013
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Paul.
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2:02 PM

Those sites aer correct to state that Oxford is in the Central ITV area. However, it transmits Meridian News, not Central News.

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Briantist
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3:21 PM

Paul.: OK... If that's the case can you provide a primary source for that please? Would also like to know what ridge hill provides for local news?

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Paul
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4:25 PM

See "My TV region" at Digital UK - Search results



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Briantist
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5:15 PM

Paul: Yes... the links from the search page say says Oxford is in Central South.

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KMJ,Derby
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5:50 PM

Briantist: I can't remember where I saw it, but Ridge Hill transmits Central West news. As you say the DUK map shows Oxford as part of the Central region as it is still officially included in the Central licence but DUK does also mention that viewers will receive Meridian news. Wikipedia has details of the short lived Thames Valley region which used to transmit from Hannington and Oxford. This region was then amalgamated with Meridian South for news coverage, but interestigly it is still mentioned online with up to date news stories.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:13 PM

Briantist: This is the knock-on effect of the creation, and then shut-down, of the ITV Thames Valley non-franchise news region. ITV plc were permitted to move Oxford to the new Thames Valley region in Variation 3 of their 2004 licence (issued on 10 March 2008):

http://licensing.ofcom.or….pdf

"In addition, the Licensee shall include in the Licensed service in the Central South region a weekly average of at least 5 hours 20 minutes of news programmes of particular interest to persons living in this sub region. The Central South service may be shared with the ITV Meridian West service, as a Thames Valley service."

And then in Variation 6 of 19 June 2009, the reference to Thames Valley was removed:

http://licensing.ofcom.or….pdf

"News programmes in the sub-region served by the Oxford transmitter and associated relays may be shared with the Meridian West sub-region of the ITV Meridian regional Channel 3 service."

Since the ITV News website no longer has a regional map, it's hard to confirm that they're actually doing it, but I did note this story from Bicester (11 miles north-north-east of Oxford) in the Meridian section: Fire crews tackle Bicester blaze - ITV News

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Mike Dimmick
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6:30 PM

Briantist: Note that by the current Meridian licence, ITV are allowed to run the Oxford/Hannington ('Meridian West') service as an opt-out from the Meridian South (Southampton) service. The Meridian licence requires 2 hours per week for the West and East sub-regions, on weekdays, out of 3 hours 45 per week for the region as a whole. I believe they do run it as an opt-out, but I haven't watched it in years, and you can't get to it on the web version of ITV Player.

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Briantist
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6:49 PM

KMJ,Derby: I realised I should disregard what Wikipedia says as it fails to agree with what is on the official site.

http://www.itvmedia.co.uk….pdf says that just the Hannington trasmitter is called ITV Meridian Thames Valley.

This differs from the "old" ITV Thames Valley which included the Oxford transmitter (and relays).

There is an ITV Thames Valley site - Thames Valley | Meridian - ITV News but this has stories from Brighton on it because it's just a re-feed of "ITV MERIDIAN NEWS IN BRIEF".

It's unclear if just Oxford, or Oxford+Hannington "merged" with the Meridian South [Coast] region.

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Briantist
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6:59 PM

Mike Dimmick: Thanks for those. It was the creation and then destruction of the ITV Thames Valley that left me with questions.

ITV don't issue press statements when they remove services.

However they did send this into Ofcom when the C3 (and C5) renewal notice went out

http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf

"Details of our proposals for news in each area are set out in more detail in the Annexes to this note with a detailed discussion of the overall proposals in Border below. In terms of the flagship peak time regional news programme on a typical week night the proposal would involve the delivery of the following (as the core part
of the 30 minute 6pm programme):

... ITV Meridian: separate 20 minute regional news offerings for each of Meridian East and South with a sub-opt from Meridian South for Thames Valley News -- for viewers around Oxford, Reading and the M4 corridor.

... ITV Central: separate 20 minute regional news offeringsfor each of the east and west sub-regions."

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Briantist
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7:03 PM

Mike Dimmick: I think there are some actual answers on the http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf on page 30...

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