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The symbol shows the location of the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter which serves 2,690,000 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 Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Winter 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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

LM
 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

LPR
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV,  Now 70s,  Country Music Entertainment , 63 GREAT! movies Christmas 1, 77 NOW 80s, 80 Clubland TV, 87 Now 90s, 91 Classic Hits MCR,

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
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/4 18.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (139°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast (139°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-12.9dB) 25.7kW
com8(-13.4dB) 22.6kW
Analogue 5(-16dB) 12.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LL(-24dB) 2kW
GIM, LM, LPR(-27dB) 1000W

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
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Ray
7:35 PM

jb38
Many thanks. Your first suggestion solved the problem.

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jb38
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7:51 PM

Ray: Thanks for the update! pleased to have been of assistance.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013
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CHRIS
3:12 AM
Bolton

I live in farnworth Bolton bl4 0qf and i have lost my BBC channels on 2 differant tvs that have 2 differant arials. again they were both fine until i retuned on the 10th April i have done everything possible to get them back on i am not sure about other channels as i dont watch them, i have a loft inside Ariel and i have a chimney Ariel, the chimney Ariel is much stronger as i exspect and my channels are much better quality but i definetly have no BBC channels

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jb38
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7:43 AM

CHRIS: If not already having done so you should carry out a "factory reset" on your TV's before carrying out an auto-tune, this also being called "default setting" or "first time installation" dependant on the brand of TV involved, because at just under 7 miles from a 100Kw station and with an "apparently" clear line of sight (excl man made objects) from the transmitter you should not be having any problems.

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David H
12:50 PM
Manchester

I live at postcode M43 7LA and my LG tv does not get enough signal strength to display channel 50 BBC channels. I emailed LG and the reply is below.



Dear David,

Thank you for your email.

unfortunately there are issues occurring that are beyond our control with regards to the BBC channel package, which should be rectified shortly.there are a number of digital retune events happening and some UHF channels are being cleared, which explains why you cannot find BBC!

Unfortunately the advice I can offer extends as far as asking you to be patient in this frustrating time as we hope to see a resolution fairly quickly!


If the information I have provided does not help you or if you have any further questions please email again or contact our Customer Service Team again on 0844 8475454 or via the Web Chat facility on our website and we will endeavour to do our best to resolve your query.

Kind regards,
Tom
Television & Media Department

LG Electronics UK Help desk


A bit on the vague side? I doubt if getting an 'aerial man' will resolve the problem. I could buy an external freeview box, but feel aggrieved spending money over this as it was all working perfectly before the retune.

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KMJ,Derby
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1:37 PM

David H: Before you consider buying a Freeview box, is it possible to borrow one and then observe how the signal strength compares between the muxes? - that is assuming you are able to tune them all in! If C50 is found to be low on strength or poor quality it might be an aerial problem, but in the first instance do routine checks on cables and connectors, then check for interference from a VCR or Sky box RF modulator which could be set to a previously unused frequency arround C48 to C51. Also check for interference from HDMI cables if you have any, which could be picked up by the aerial fly lead. Also if your signal is amplified it could actually now be too strong.

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David H
2:27 PM

KMJ: Thanks for your reply. The television in our bedroom retuned okay and has good picture quality on BBC. This TV uses an external Freeview box and is using the same rooftop aerial as the main TV. The aerial itself was replaced and repositioned last summer as nearby trees were causing some problems. I have just tried this box on the LG tv and it still can't receive BBC so now I haven't got any more ideas! Oh yeh - no HDMI cables or Sky box. There is a DVD plugged in via SCART and a Wii via composite.

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mdt
4:04 PM
Bolton

after re-tune on my main tv and bedroom tv(both using mpeg2 internal tuners) all channels are fine and working without issue. bl2 5jf using the winter hill mast,regards

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JohnH
9:01 PM

Thanks to those who pointed out that some communal aerial systems would need re-configuring. Had our block's done this morning, and all channels now back.

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Thursday, 18 April 2013
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P M Haworth
6:29 PM
Bury

I have had problems with "NO SIGNAL" and continuous pixelated picture since about the 10th of April 2013.
I have spoke with many people in my area
BL8 4DR who are having the same problem. I have done all the necessary tuning and an inspection of my Ant.
Just the same.
Is this a fault on Winter Hill transmitter?

P M Haworth

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