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THE LES PLATONS TRANSMITTER broadcasts BBC FM and DAB radio to the Channel Islands and originally provided them with BBC 405-line Television.  

The station is located at the highest point in Jersey in the parish of Trinity near the island's north-eastern coast.  The island's main UHF transmission site at Fremont Point is also located on the northern coastline, around two miles to the west.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATION HISTORY

Les Platons came into service on 3 October 1955 extending BBC 405-line television coverage to the Channel Islands with transmission on Channel 4 (VHF Band I).

With the station built on the highest point in Jersey and near its northern coastline, a small self-supporting tower was deemed to provide sufficient elevation, both for the transmitting aerial to cover the islands and also for the receiving aerial to pick up a broadcast signal originating from North Hessary Tor, establishing the islands as an outpost of the BBC South-West region. 

From 16 October 1961, Les Platon began broadcasting BBC National Radio services on FM.

From 1 September 1962, the ITA commenced transmission to the Channel Islands from their nearby station at Fremont Point.

The use of a 450-ft tower at Fremont Point (more than twice the height of the structure at Les Platons) made this a preferable site for UHF colour transmission when this finally came to the islands in 1976.

Les Platons therefore continued only with BBC 405-line television transmission which ceased with the nationwide shutdown of the service in January 1985, after which transmissions from the site were concentrated on BBC FM radio.

In July 2011, the station commenced transmission of BBC National on DAB in addition to the existing FM services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  STATION INFORMATION


Location:

Les Platons, Trinity, Jersey

Grid Reference:

XD925273

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: BBC/Crown Castle/NGW)

Ground Height:

TBC

BBC Region:

N/A

Tower Height:

TBC

ITV Region:

N/A

Aerial Height

TBC

 

UHF Tx Number:

N/A


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

Digital Television 

 

 

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None - Transmitted from Fremont Point   

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

 

 

 

 

BBC Radio 1:

97.1

8kW

 

 

 

 

BBC Radio 2:

89.6

8kW

Digital Radio

 

 

BBC Radio 3:

91.1

8kW

 

 

 

 

BBC Radio 4:

94.8

8kW

BBC National (Block 12B)

 

BBC Radio Jersey:

88.8

3.8kW

 

 

 

 


Fremont Point

 

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