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The symbol shows the location of the Skelmersdale (Lancashire, England) transmitter. 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Skelmersdale (Lancashire, England) mast?

Skelmersdale transmitter - Skelmersdale transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/05/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Skelmersdale 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.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)175mDTG-100W
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

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)175mDTG-100W
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),

 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)175mDTG-100W
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?

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

The Skelmersdale (Lancashire, 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 Skelmersdale transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 32km east-southeast (108°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 32km east-southeast (108°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

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

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Mar 2018-
C46 D3+4

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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 100W

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. Skelmersdale 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.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Paul Maitland
12:16 PM

I live in Skelmersdale, post code: WN8 9AE T: 01695 725 961 I live on the top floor (third), in a Council Flat, the aerial is located on the side of the building; I have a Bush 24" LED TV with Freeview, and am having problems with the reception. I have done the FREEVIEW RESET PROCEDURE, following all the advice you have given, my TV is receiving Low Signal Level; the picture quality is degraded, and intermitently broken up on the screen. Many of the channel's are unwatchable, the image being completely broken up, and fractured, like the shards of a broken mirror. This has been happening for about a week, and today I have noticed the sound is slightly garbled. There is nothing wrong with the the aerial, because some channel's have good reception, while others do not. The ITV and 5 channel's seem to be the most badly affected. I have done automatic channel scan, first time scan, and reset the TV settings to the default. There is nothing wrong with the TV, otherwise I wouldn't be able to watch the BBC news channel, and Sky news with no problems at all!

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Paul Maitland's 1 post GB

1:12 PM

Paul Maitland:

Please will you check which transmitter you are tuned to. Skelmersdale transmitter provides the BBC A multiplex on channel 43, the D3&4 multiplex is one channel 46 and the BBC B multiiplex is on channel 40 (Note: the are not the programme numbers [LCNs] but the actual frequency channels.) A Group B aerial is suitable for those channels.

An alternative transmitter available to you is that at Winter Hill. That broadcasts BBC A on channel 50, D3&4 on channel 59, BBC B on channel 54, SDN on channel 58, ARQA on channel 49, ARQB on channel 37, COM7 is on channel 55 and COM8 is on channel 31. A wideband aerial is required for all those channels.

Whislt checking what channels your TV is tuned to, please check the reported signal strengths for each multiplex. Ideally, they should be between 60% and 85%. Less is always a problem, whilst more can give rise to the effects (pixelation, etc) that you are reporting.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB

3:18 PM

Paul Maitland: colinton is not great for reception. As these are councils flats at the bottom you need to get in touch with them.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Zsuzsanna Horak
9:27 PM

Almost all channels gone. Upholland, Skelmersdale.

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Zsuzsanna Horak's 2 posts GB
Zsuzsanna Horak
9:29 PM

Almost all channels gone. Upholland, Skelmersdale

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Zsuzsanna Horak's 2 posts GB

11:23 PM

Zsuzsanna Horak:

You need to provide a full postcode so we can look at the predicted reception in your locale and which transmitter might be the best as you could receive several.
Parts of Up Holland are not well served by the Skelmersdale relay transmitter, some will get better signals from the main Winter Hill transmitter.

Which way is your aerial pointing? If it's pointing 10 degrees E of due N then it's likely to be Skelmersdale. If however is more like ENE (between NE and E) then it will be Winter Hill.

Winter Hill is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions". This might be what you are experiencing. Skelmersdale had planned engineering a while ago.

Now, if you retuned at all when the signal was weak or there was no signal due to engineering or faults, this usually just clears all correct tuning, you may even get tuned to weaker signals from a more distant transmitter.
If that's happened, then you will need to try retuning again (maybe more than once) to get your tuning and all programmes back correctly.

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Chris.SE's 3,453 posts GB
Friday, 19 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

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Monday, 22 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

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Skelmersdale transmitter - Skelmersdale transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/05/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 29 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

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Skelmersdale transmitter - Skelmersdale transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/05/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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