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Salisbury and Scarborough Freeview Retune Date approaches

Viewers in Salisbury and in Scarborough will need to retune Freeview on Wednesday 15th May 2013 due to frequency changes to make way for 4G mobile services.

In Salisbury, the Freeview multiplex carrying channels including ITV3, Quest and QVC is affected. Meanwhile, in Scarborough, the multiplex carrying Film 4 and VIVA from the Oliver's Mount transmitter is being moved. Viewers will need to retune to restore access to services changing frequencies.

In both cases, services are liable to breaks in transmission before 6am on Wednesday 15th. It will be safe to retune after 6am.

Some relay transmitters are also seeing changes on that day. The Hunmanby relay of Oliver's Mount will see changes to the frequency used by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, while on the Isle of Wight, the Ventnor transmitter will see BBC channels moved to a new frequency further down the frequency band (details below). Meanwhile, viewers in Eastbourne will see breaks in the Freeview service during the morning, but no retune will be required. Work on relays will be completed by late morning.

Viewers who experience difficulties with the retune are advised to contact Digital UK, the organisation overseeing the changes. The Digital UK helpline is available on 0845 6 50 50 50.
Calls to 0845 numbers from a BT landline will cost around 2p a minute, unless part of a bundle (6p less than a standard local rate daytime call), but calls from mobiles will be significantly higher.

a516digital is not affiliated to Digital UK and provides this information as a public service. 

15 May 2013:
Main transmitter:
SDN moves from ch62 to ch50
Relay sites:
Power boost from 28W to 71W ERP only.
BBC-A moves from ch54 to ch48;
Winterbourne Strickland
Power boost from 200W to 400W ERP only.
Main transmitter:
Oliver’s Mount
Arq B moves from ch61 to ch49;
Relay site:
D3&4 moves from ch49 to ch39


  1. Salisbury isn't a main transmitter, unless it's changed since last time I checked - though it carries the full Freeview service, it's a relay of Rowridge.

    1. For the purposes of simplification, transmitters that carry the full 6 multiplex Freeview service are categorised as "main transmitters" on a516digital.

      Admittedly, the matter of parent "main" transmitters and child "relay" transmitters is blurred somewhat, with sites actually being fed via fibre connections, rather than physically relaying a signal from a transmitter through the air, as was the case in analogue days.

      The SDN multiplex - originally distributed to sites such as Salisbury via satellite, now fed nationwide via fibre to sites - so no system of main transmitters and relays.

      (Some tech readers may remember how the SDN multiplex went down nationwide in January 2010 when the Eutelsat satellite it was being broadcast on malfunctioned.)


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