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THE BURNHOPE TRANSMITTER was originally the Independent Television Authority's sole 405-line transmitting station serving the Tyne Tees Television region.

Entering service on 15 January 1959, and built close to the existing BBC Band I station at Pontop Pike, this was the eighth transmitter opened by the ITA.

From the station's 750ft mast, transmissions from Burnhope were on VHF Channel 8 at a peak vision e.r.p of 100kW, successfully covering a region spanning the North Yorkshire Moorlands and Teeside in the south to the remote upper reaches of Northumberland in the north. 

With the start of colour on 625-line UHF, the adjacent Pontop Pike transmitter carried these services to the Newcastle and County Durham area from 1967 onwards, confining Burnhope to 405-line transmission.  In due course, further main UHF transmitters were established within the region at Bilsdale (serving North Yorkshire and Teeside) and Chatton (serving Northumberland). 

From 15 July 1974, Burnhope extended its remit by providing the transmission for the first Independent Local Radio (ILR) service in North-East England - Newcastle's Metro Radio on 97.0 FM. (Now 97.1 FM).  

After the 405-line television service ceased in January 1985, Independent Local Radio was for many years to come the station's only broadcasting duty.  However, in March 1997, along with a number of other ITA-built stations not used for television since the 405 closure, Burnhope once again entered the arena of television broadcasting as a transmitter for the new Channel 5 service.

More recent still, Burnhope has joined the rapidly growing network of transmitters broadcasting Digital (DAB) Radio.

Although no longer routinely manned, along with all other former ITA/IBA 405-line main transmitter sites, Burnhope is now classified as a maintenance base by current landlord Arqiva (formerly-NTL Broadcast).  Engineers operating from this site maintain all Arqiva broadcast transmitters within the North-East England region.

The Channel 5 transmissions from Burnhope ceased upon closure of the analogue television service, which was completed across North-East England under Digital Swichover Stage 2 (DSO2) on 26 September 201


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SITE INFORMATION


Location:

Langley Lane, Burnhope, DH7 0EF

Grid Reference:

NZ184474

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: ITA/IBA/NTL Broadcast)

Ground Height:

239.8m

BBC Region:

N/A

Mast Height:

228.6m

ITV Region:

N/A

Aerial Height: (*)

432m

 

UHF Tx Number:

N/A

(*) Channel 5 aerial height above sea level (a.o.d)   

C5 Tx Number:

180.90


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

Ch5

: 68 / H / 50kW - Closed 26 September 2012

Real Radio North-East

101.8

10kW

(Service defunct as of DSO2 at Pontop Pike)   

Capital FM:

105.3

10kW

 

 

 

 

Metro Radio:

97.1

10kW

 

 

 

 

Smooth Radio North-East:

97.5

9kW

 

 

Star Radio North-East (Durham):

102.8

0.5kW

 

 

 

 

Digital Television 

 

 

 

 Digital Radio

 

 

 

 

 

No service - transmitted from Pontop Pike

 Tyne and Wear (Block 11C)

 

 

 

 

MXR North East (Block 12C)

 

 

 

 

 


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