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The symbol shows the location of the Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Clacton 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.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 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 15 others

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
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3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)47mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies 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 43 Freeview channels?

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

The Clacton (Essex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, 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 Clacton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 92km north (2°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 92km north (3°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Clacton (Essex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1319 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Clacton 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, 14 January 2011
5:29 PM

dream100radio,on 100.2fm has now started using the valley road mast, the same that will be used for digital tv

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matt's 3 posts GB
Friday, 4 February 2011
Lee Baker
5:32 PM

I live in the little clacton area just outside of Clacton where a new transmitter is being installed/turned on later this year. Will I have to reposition my aerial to get a reception from this transmitter. Currently the aerial is in the loft and to date have no problems with reception from Sudbury. Anyone help?

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Lee Baker's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 5 February 2011

7:32 AM

Lee Baker: If your aerial is not pointing at the transmitter, you won't get a signal from it.

I would suggest you don't use it, you need to use a rooftop aerial pointing at the Sudbury transmitter.

You might find it easier to use Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Rick Marsh
6:45 PM

I was speaking to a local aerial fitter today and he told me that the new Clacton transmitter will have a very limited range of channels. If this is the case, it seems we will need to receive our signal from Sudbury to receive all the available channels after switchover. I can't therefore see the point of this new transmitter if it isn't going to give us the full Freeview channel line-up.

Do you know exactly what channels we will receive from this new transmitter.

Many thanks.

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Rick Marsh's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 10 February 2011

8:28 AM

Rick Marsh: I have listed the channels at the top of the page.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Rick Marsh
12:16 PM

Thanks for that, but when you compare the list of available channels shown on the Freeview website against those shown above for the Clacton transmitter, there are a lot of digital services missing (Yesterday, Sky 3, Dave, Quest, Fiver, Five USA, Sky News, QVC etc etc). Why won't we be able to receive these channels like everyone else?


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Rick Marsh's 4 posts GB

1:56 PM

Rick Marsh: Yes, this is a public service transmitter, the commercial multiplex operators do not wish to transmit from here.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 28 April 2011
martin cox
8:43 PM

Again Clacton loses out to weak signal strength even with a new transmitter. Whats the point of digital if its not available because of signal strength.
I have a larg Digital areal which is amplified, but still I have TV's which drop out.

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martin cox's 1 post GB
Friday, 29 April 2011

6:38 AM

martin cox: This transmitter is not yet on air, nor has your region switched to high power transmissions.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
12:18 AM

Used to live in CO15 3HS and had all the ITV and 5 channels. Recently moved into CO16 8FP and ITV and 5 have disappeared can anyone help???

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Matt's 1 post GB
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