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The symbol shows the location of the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 800 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 Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Melling 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.

 V max
 H -7.7dB
C41 (634.0MHz)
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

 V max
 H -7.7dB
C44 (658.0MHz)
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),

 V max
 H -7.7dB
C47 (682.0MHz)
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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

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

The Melling (Lancashire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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 Melling transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 76km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 76km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

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

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1312 Aug 2020

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 14W
PSB1||, PSB2||, PSB3||(-4.5dB) 5W
PSB1≡, PSB2≡, PSB3≡(-12.2dB) 0.84W

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. Melling 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.

Saturday, 7 May 2011
John Keegan
4:44 PM

LA6 2NL - Melling transmitter.

We have been periodicaly losing the signal from the Melling transmnitter ever since the digital service began.

Sometimes it only efects BBC. At other times BBC is the only one that is OK. At the moment (16:38 Saturday 07 May) it is effecting all chanels.

We are becoming sick and tired of the quality of our digital reception on Freeview as we are only 3 miles from Melling on the other side of the river.

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John Keegan's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

5:30 PM

MELLING transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 today to 14:08 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 today to 14:08 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts xx
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

MELLING transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 yesterday to 14:08 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 yesterday to 14:08 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts xx
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

MELLING transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 on 17 Apr to 14:08 on 17 Apr HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:05 on 17 Apr to 14:08 on 17 Apr [BBC]

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013
John Baker
2:03 PM

Transmitter engineering: Some approximate indication as to when the Melling transmitter is expected back on air would be greatly appreciated.

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John Baker's 5 posts GB

2:53 PM

John Baker: It is somewhat in the nature of a fault such as this (unlike planned engineering works) that it won't be fixed until whatever it is that has gone wrong is sorted out.

The oldest TV advice is the best here: do not adjust your set!

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
John Baker
3:59 PM

Thank you for that. I understand! I hadn't realsied that it was a fault and had assumed it was planned maintainance.

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John Baker's 5 posts GB
Friday, 11 August 2017
John Baker
4:05 PM

I live in Wray, just a few miles south of the Melling transmitter and use Freeview. For over a week now there has been severe pixilation and break up, but only on idependent TV channels. C4 and C5 being the worst with slight break up on ITV but BBC1, 2, News and Parliament are stable and rock steady. I have checked my mast-head power supply/ RF distribution amp and all connections and can find no fault. Within the last couple of years I've had a new aerial and downlead fitted. Any ideas anyone, or any known faults on the transmitter?
John Baker LA2 8QP

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John Baker's 5 posts GB

6:27 PM

John Baker:

Your post code as given is just 3 km from the Melling transmitter so you should have a very good signal, maybe too much? Please will you check what the signal strength reported by your TV set is forthe channels giving the problem. Ideally you want between 60% and 85% strength - anything more will cause the problems you report.

If the signal is too strong then you can insert an attenuator into the aerial feed, but don't let the weight of it 'hang' on the aerial socket but use a short flylead to connect it to the back of the set. Attenuators are quite cheap and can be bought from several on-line suppliers or the likes of Maplins.

Let us know if that helps, please.

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