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The symbol shows the location of the Saddleworth (Oldham, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Saddleworth (Oldham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Saddleworth 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
C45 (666.0MHz)391mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C39+ (618.2MHz)391mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)391mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C51- (713.8MHz)391mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C52+ (722.2MHz)391mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)391mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Saddleworth (Oldham, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 20km west-southwest (248°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 20km west-southwest (248°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Saddleworth (Oldham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1730 Mar 2018
B E TB E TB E TB E TB E TB E TB E T
C39 +D3+4+D3+4D3+4
C41_local_local_local_local
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C48-ArqB-ArqB-ArqBArqB
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+D3+4
C51tv_off-SDN-SDN-SDNSDN
C52tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 40W

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. Saddleworth 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
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:54 PM

SADDLEWORTH transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 13 Jan 16:55. . FM: Broadcasting in mono due to essential engineering from 12 Jan 10:19 until 12 Jan 10:41. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 14 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:02 AM

SADDLEWORTH transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 13 Jan 16:55 until 14 Jan 01:11. . FM: Broadcasting in mono due to essential engineering from 12 Jan 10:19 until 12 Jan 10:41. . [BBC]

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Sunday, 17 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:53 AM

SADDLEWORTH transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 13 Jan 16:55 until 14 Jan 01:11. . [BBC]

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Friday, 25 June 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:45 AM

Saddleworth transmitter - Saddleworth transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 28 June 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:46 AM

Saddleworth transmitter - Saddleworth transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 28/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Saturday, 20 November 2021
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Chris.SE
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6:33 AM

Jamie Burchell et al:

Unfortunately the site owner has not has the time to update all the changes from the 700MHz Clearnace programme, so many of the UHF channel listings are not correct.

In the order PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB -
the UHF channels for Saddleworth are C45, C39, C42, C33, C36, C48.
The final changes were made on the 12th August 2020.

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