Lichfield transmitting station

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Lichfield transmitting station is located in Staffordshire
Lichfield transmitting station
Height of mast 305.2 metres (1,001 ft)
Grid reference SK1631404390
Built 1961
ITV region ABC (1961-1968)
ATV (1961-1981)
Central (1982-1985)

The Lichfield transmitting station is situated close to Tamworth in Staffordshire in the West Midlands between the A5 and A51. The nearest geographical feature is Hopwas Hill. The station is owned and operated by Arqiva. The mast is known locally as Hopwas mast or Hints mast.


The transmitter was the main 405-line ITV transmitter for the Midlands from 1956 until 1985. It includes a 305.2 metres (1,001 ft) tall guyed mast and was built in 1961. The original mast looked akin to the Eiffel tower and was dismantled in 1965.

625-line colour transmitters for the region were all co-sited at the nearby Sutton Coldfield transmitting station until 1997, when Lichfield began broadcasting Channel 5 in the Midlands. At 1000 kW it was the most powerful Channel 5 transmitter in the country. Before the digital switchover, Lichfield effectively worked in conjunction with Sutton Coldfield (4 miles to the SW) to supply the full five analogue channels. Reception of Channel 5 from Lichfield was also receivable at viewable quality throughout the borders of North Wales.

All analogue TV transmissions ceased on the 21 September 2011, as part of the digital switchover. The HD multiplex BBC B (Mux HD) was moved to the Sutton Coldfield transmitting station on C40+ (626.2 MHz) thereby ceasing all analogue and digital television broadcasts from the Lichfield transmitter.

Services listed by frequency[edit]

Analogue radio (FM VHF)[edit]

Frequency kW[1] Service
101.6 MHz 0.06 Touch FM

Digital radio (DAB)[edit]

Frequency Block kW[2] Operator
220.35 MHz 11C 0.5 CE Birmingham

Analogue television[edit]

17 February 1956 - 3 January 1985[edit]

Frequency VHF kW Service
189.75 MHz 8 200 Central (ABC until 1968/ATV until 1982)

30 March 1997 - 21 September 2011[edit]

Frequency UHF kW Service
599.25 MHz 37 1000 Channel 5

Digital television[edit]

Digital television is no longer broadcast from Lichfield as of 21 September 2011.

Frequency UHF kW Operator
578.0 MHz 34 4 BBC B (Mux HD)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010
  2. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°38′12″N 1°45′32″W / 52.63667°N 1.75889°W / 52.63667; -1.75889