Freeview frequency changes: where and when retunes are happening


A large number of Freeview viewers will be affected by frequency changes during the first three months of 2018.

Digital UK has now confirmed when and where retunes will be taking place. The changes are required ahead of a clearance of the 700MHz frequency band which will take place by May 2020.

Viewers will receive more detailed communications as to which channels in each location will be affected via Freeview in the coming weeks.

In some locations, further changes will need to be made later in 2018, in 2019 or early 2020 to reduce interference between transmitters.


Transmitter group
Area served
Retune date
Cirencester relay (Mendip)
Cirencester
7 February 2018
Sudbury
parts of Suffolk and Essex
7 February 2018
Tacolneston
Norfolk and north Suffolk
7 February 2018
Waltham
much of the east Midlands
7 February 2018
Mendip
Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
27 February 2018
Oxford
Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
27 February 2018
The Wrekin (Bucknell, Clun, Coalbrookdale, Halesowen)
Halesowen, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, and the Clun and Bucknell areas
27 February 2018
Brierley Hill
the Brierley Hill area
1 March 2018
Malvern
the Malvern area
1 March 2018
Clearwell
(Mendip relay)
Clearwell
1 March 2018
Ridge Hill
Herefordshire, south Shropshire and parts of Gloucestershire
1 March 2018
Monmouth (Wenvoe relay)
Monmouth
1 March 2018
Brierley Hill
the Brierley Hill area
7 March 2018
Bromsgrove
the Bromsgrove area
7 March 2018
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme
7 March 2018
Lark Stoke
the Stratford-upon-Avon area
7 March 2018
Malvern
the Malvern area
7 March 2018
Sutton Coldfield
much of the West Midlands
7 March 2018
The Wrekin
north Shropshire and south Cheshire
7 March 2018
Belper (Waltham relay)
Belper
7 March 2018
Winter Hill
Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and north Staffordshire
7 March 2018
Guildford
the Guildford area
14 March 2018
Whitehawk Hill
the Brighton area
14 March 2018
Crystal Palace
Greater London and parts of the Home Counties
21 March 2018
Dover
south and east Kent, and parts of East Sussex
21 March 2018
Hemel Hempstead
the Hemel Hempstead area
21 March 2018
Midhurst
much of West Sussex
21 March 2018
Reigate
Reigate and parts of east Surrey and west Kent
21 March 2018
Rowridge
Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex
21 March 2018
DATA: Digital UK

Some transmitter sites currently broadcast a larger range of Freeview channels across more frequencies than others. At these sites, low powered local and HD multiplexes will generally be allocated temporary frequencies in the 700MHz band. In other areas, where fewer frequencies are used, the 700MHz band will be cleared altogether.
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