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17 December 1949

The Sutton Coldfield transmitter enters service, providing BBC Television coverage to a large area of the Midlands and extending the service beyond London for the first time.  Transmitting on VHF Channel 4, the station utilises a 750-ft (228m) stayed mast with a transmitting aerial that delivers a maximum Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 100 kilowatts from a main transmitter rated at 45 kilowatts actual power.


30 April 1957

High-power transmission of BBC National Radio services on FM Band II commence from Sutton Coldfield and also Tacolneston.


6 December 1964

Sutton Coldfield follows Crystal Palace to become the site of the second UHF transmitter in the UK as BBC2 commences provisional transmission on Channel 40 from a temporary aerial.


4 October 1965

BBC2 commences full-power working from Sutton Coldfield as the permanent UHF aerial comes into operation.


1 July 1967

BBC2 colour service begins at Sutton Coldfield and five other transmission sites (Belmont, Crystal Palace, Emley Moor, Rowridge and Winter Hill.  


15 November 1969

BBC1 and ITV commence UHF-colour transmission from Sutton Coldfield and three other transmission sites (Crystal Palace, Emley Moor and Winter Hill.


2 November 1982

Channel 4 is launched - Sutton Coldfield commences transmission on Channel 50.


December 1983

The new mast, built principally to support the new aerials for mixed-polarised BBC National FM radio, commences transmission of these services.


3 January 1985

The VHF Channel 4 transmitter at Sutton Coldfield ceases transmission as the last remaining 405-line television transmitters close.


November 1985

The new mast finally commences transmission of UHF services, having been delayed for two years due to a fault in the original design of the aerial.  The removal of the original mast commences soon after.



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