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

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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.

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C25 (506.0MHz)309mDTG-200W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

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C22 (482.0MHz)309mDTG-200W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)309mDTG-200W
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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 Midlands 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?

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The Leek (Staffordshire, 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 Leek transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 70km south (174°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 70km south (174°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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.

Friday, 23 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:48 AM

LEEK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 06:50 on 21 Sep to 07:50 on 21 Sep BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 21 Sep to 06:00 on 21 Sep [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,880 posts xx
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Graham Stone
3:31 PM

location ST13 8LQ - Leek.

Hi since the Digital switchover, while I can receive a signal I have been having a problem getting it to all rooms in my house.
situation is this:

I still have a loft aerial - I know I need one on the roof but that will have to waiot a while.

The cable from the aerial comes into my Living room and goes through a signal amplifier - shouldn't be needed but it also acts as a splitter.

one output goes to the main TV, which works fine. another output goes back into the wall into the loft and is then split to feed kitchen and bedroom.

Two Problems:

1. TVs in these other two rooms will not find all channels, and will not 'lock on' to allow you to watch those they have found. Is the answer to split the signal in the loft or might it just be bad cabling somewhere - though there was never a problem with analogue.

2. I have 3 TIVOs in the living room, they have RF out which allowed them to be viewed in Kitchen/bedroom by putting 'in line' with analogue TV signal - all use SCART to main TV. doing this with the Digital signal caused interference on analoge and loss of digital channels. RF channels were: 39, 60, 63. the 'Free RF' link indicateds that only 64,65 and 66 are 'free' on our transmitter, which if I change to these causes interference between all 3 ! Does Freeview really use up all other available channels ?

Any help/advice much appreciated - I WILL get a rooftop aerial, honest !


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Graham Stone's 5 posts GB
Sunday, 2 October 2011
1:22 PM

Why cannot my house recieve a review signal, but my neighbours can? Does it matter because there is a sky dish?

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fiona's 2 posts GB

5:46 PM

fiona: A Sky dish has no connection with Freeview and as such cannot affect it, do you know for sure that your neighbours actually receive Freeview and that its not Freesat?

Only a post code would indicate your reception possibilities.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 3 February 2012
alan bird
3:03 PM

would i receive more channels on freeview or freesat ? or are they both the same

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alan bird's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

3:25 PM

Alan Bird: They are not the same. See this page for a comparison:

Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice

Some channels are on the full Freeview service but not on Freesat. If you receive your TV only from the transmitter in Leek, then you will not get the full range of Freeview channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Linda Dale
10:56 AM

Live in Leek is my TV caput as it went off at about 10a.m. and I got no signal on screen & no sound or picture on screen today 4th April 2012.Not on cable or satellite Is there a problem because of bad weather or is my new TV

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Linda Dale's 11 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

12:03 PM

Linda Dale: The BBC's reception page at BBC - Reception problems is showing a fault currently exists, reported at 9:58am. This site only scrapes that page every few hours so hasn't updated the top of the page yet.

Usually this is down to power supply faults at the transmitter, or a problem at an upstream transmitter (since Leek just rebroadcasts what it receives off-air from Sutton Coldfield). No fault is shown at Sutton Coldfield.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
mike caswell
12:37 PM

no signal from leek transmitter.
problem started this morning.
had no problems till today.
aerial on roof.
no problems with sky.

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mike caswell's 1 post GB
Linda Dale
5:04 PM

Thanks for all your helpful replies concerning Leek transmitter I found the BBC link with the fault mentioned at Leek transmitter after I had posted comment earlier At least not a problem with TV.Hopefully it will be back on soon - never mind I have i player

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Linda Dale's 11 posts GB
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