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Freeview Light on the Leek (Staffordshire, England) transmitter

Google mapBing mapGoogle Earth53.102,-2.003 or 53°6'8"N 2°0'11"WST13 7LX


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Tests now show that SOME households that use masthead amplifiers (and some communal aerial systems) AND are in poor signal areas AND that are very close to a 4G phone mast MAY have their Freeview service disturbed: C22: D3+4
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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Leek (Staffordshire, England) transmitter. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Leek (Staffordshire, England) transmitter which serves 14,000 homes.

Other mapsSutton Coldfield TV regionBBC West MidlandsCentral (West micro region)DAB in Staffordshire
AM/FM in Staffordshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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Which Freeview channels does the Leek 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 vertical max
C25 (506.0MHz)309m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 vertical max
C22 (482.0MHz)309m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 vertical max
C28 (530.0MHz)309m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
200W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 BBC Three HD, plus 1 others



Are you trying to watch these 41 Freeview channels?






The Leek (Staffordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5*, 5USA, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, BBC Red Button 2, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Channel 5 +24, CITV, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, Drama, E4+1, Film 4 +1, Food Network, ITV 2 +1, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV 4 +1, Movie Mix, Movies4Men, pick, Quest, Quest +1, Really, RT English , Sky News, The Zone, Travel Channel, True Entertainment, VIVA, Yesterday.

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 Leek transmitter?


BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 70km south
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.

ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 70km south
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Leek (Staffordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA K
C22BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
C25ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCA
C28BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCBBBCBBBCB
600C32C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Leek 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.



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Dave Lindsay
Thursday 27 September 2012 1:24PM

norval: Unfortunately not.

The Commercial broadcasters (those that don't transmit from the Leek transmitter) don't consider the outlay worth their while. The only thing you can do is investigate the possibility of reception from a full-service transmitter such as Sutton Coldfield. Due to the nature of the area, you may have no chance, but their is always the possibility that an alternative transmitter may be usable at your location.

There are over 1,000 small transmitters like Leek and these serve 8.5% of the population. The Commercial broadcasters achieve coverage of 90% of the population from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). The cost to them to broadcast from the 1,000 plus relays is roughly the same as that of the 81 transmitters they currently use. As they exist purely for profit, they decided not to double their cost of transmission to increase their reach by only 10%.


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