Beacon Hill transmitting station

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Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill transmitting station.jpg
Beacon Hill A (left) and Beacon Hill B
Beacon Hill transmitting station is located in Devon
Beacon Hill transmitting station
Mast height 103.6 metres (340 ft)
Coordinates 50°26′50″N 3°36′37″W / 50.4471°N 3.6104°W / 50.4471; -3.6104Coordinates: 50°26′50″N 3°36′37″W / 50.4471°N 3.6104°W / 50.4471; -3.6104
Grid reference SX857619
BBC region BBC South West
ITV region ITV Westcountry

The Beacon Hill transmitting station is an English telecommunications facility located at Beacon Hill, Marldon, Devon. It includes a guyed mast (Beacon Hill A)[1] and a free-standing lattice tower (Beacon Hill B),[2] both of which support various antennas.


Beacon Hill A became operational in 1972-3, bringing 625 line PAL colour television to the coverage area of Torbay and south Devon. Beacon Hill B transmits FM radio and DAB radio to the area. In 2007, a third guyed lattice mast was constructed at the site to provide medium wave transmissions for Gold (Exeter/Torbay). The transmitter for Gold was dismantled after the service was discontinued.[3]

Digital switchover[edit]

In April 2009, the analogue television transmissions at Beacon Hill A were turned off, requiring homes in the area to switch to the Freeview service.[4] The Beacon Hill transmitter group was the first in the South West of England to stop broadcasting analogue television services. BBC Two ceased at 00:50 on 8 April 2009 and the remaining analogue signals were turned off on 22 April 2009 at 00:20.[5]

Services listed by frequency[edit]

Analogue radio[edit]

Frequency kW[6] Service
88.7 MHz 1 BBC Radio 2
90.9 MHz 1 BBC Radio 3
93.1 MHz 1 BBC Radio 4
96.4 MHz 1.8 Heart South West
98.4 MHz 1 BBC Radio 1
104.3 MHz 1 BBC Radio Devon
105.5 MHz 1.6 Palm 105.5

Digital radio[edit]

Frequency Block kW Operator
220.352 MHz 11C 2 NOW Exeter and Torbay
222.064 MHz 11D 2 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 5 BBC National DAB

Analogue television[edit]

Analogue television signals ceased in April 2009. BBC Two was closed on 8 April 2009, with ITV1 temporarily moving into its place, followed by the remaining services on 22 April.

Frequency UHF kW[7] Service
727.25 MHz 53 100 Channel 4
759.25 MHz 57 100 BBC One
783.25 MHz 60 100 ITV1
807.25 MHz 63 100 BBC Two


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