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Retune dates for Freeview in the South West and S Wales announced


2019 has started with the release of further retune dates for Freeview users, with major changes in the West, South West and Wales.

The retune dates for April-June 2019 confirm that viewers around the Bristol Channel will see significant changes to their Freeview TV service in April and in June, when television channels will move frequencies at the main transmitters serving the Bristol and Cardiff areas - Mendip and Wenvoe (pictured above).

Many viewers in the South West will also need to retune, with the Caradon Hill and Redruth transmitters that cover Cornwall and parts of Devon, seeing changes. A small number of viewers in Scotland will need also to retune on the 12th June 2019 (see below).

During the early hours of each retune date, Freeview services will be temporarily unavailable as engineering work takes place. After 6am (later on relays), viewers will be able to retune to restore any missing channels.

A small number of viewers will need adjustments to their aerials. Anyone who can't restore missing channels is advised to contact the Freeview Advice Line (details here).

Viewers who receive their TV signal from Caradon Hill will lose access to channels including BBC News HD, Al Jazeera HD, 4seven HD and FreeSports on 19th June 2019.

The changes also affect users of services that piggyback on the terrestrial TV signal, including those with YouView, EE TV and Now TV Smart Boxes.


Transmitter group
Area served
Retune date
Mendip
Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
04/04/19
Caradon Hill (some relays only)
parts of Plymouth, central and south Devon and east Cornwall
10/04/19
Plympton
parts of the Plymouth area
10/04/19
Redruth
west Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
01/05/19
Aberdare (some relays only)
parts of Cwmaman, Fernhill, Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber
15/05/19
Kilvey Hill
the Swansea area
15/05/19 
Pontypool (Usk relay only)
Usk
15/05/19 
Wenvoe
Cardiff, Newport and south east Wales
15/05/19 
Bristol Illchester Crescent
parts of Bristol
05/06/19 
Bristol Kings Weston
parts of Bristol
05/06/19
Mendip
Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
05/06/19 
Black Hill (some relays only)
parts of Loch Fyne, Bute, Gigha, Jura, Seil, Knapdale and Kintyre
12/06/19 
Bristol Kings Weston
parts of Bristol
19/06/19 
Caradon Hill (some relays only)
parts of Plymouth, parts of Devon and east Cornwall
19/06/19 
Huntshaw Cross
north Devon
19/06/19 
Kilvey Hill (Cilfrew and Neath Abbey HP/VP relays only)
Cilfrew and Neath Abbey
19/06/19 
Mendip
Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
19/06/19 
Redruth (some relays only)
parts of St Austell, Penryn and Falmouth
19/06/19 
Wenvoe
Cardiff, Newport and south east Wales
19/06/19 
Source: Digital UK

Details of retune dates for the first three months of 2019 can be found here.