|Elevation||136 m (446 ft) |
|Prominence||136 m (446 ft) |
In October 1955, Les Platons was used as a site for a television transmitter to bring BBC Television (later renamed BBC One) transmissions to the Channel Islands. It transmitted BBC Television on the VHF 405 line service on Channel 4 from Monday 3 October 1955. From 1955 the site was also used to bring the BBC national radio stations to the Channel Islands. Before 1955 the Channel Islands had no transmitters, and received radio transmissions of the BBC national radio stations from mainland England, which could easily be picked up in the Channel Islands.
The BBC started FM transmissions on 16 October 1961 from Les Platons, of the Home, Light and Third Programmes (had started in the UK in the mid-to-late 1950s). Later this became 91.1 as Radio 2 (with occasional Radio 1), 94.75 as Radio 3 (later rounded up to 94.8), and 97.1 as Radio 4.
The Fremont Point transmitter would go on the air in September 1962 bringing Independent Television (ITV) to the Channel Islands for the first time in the form of the ITV franchise Channel Television. In due course Fremont Point became the main television transmitter site for the Channel Islands. It started broadcasting UHF 625 television in 1976 along with the introduction for the first time of BBC Two and colour television to the Channel Islands.
- "Ascent of Jersey High Point on 2009-09-12" Peakbagger.com. Sources vary on the elevation of Les Platons. Its height is often listed at 143 m, as well as 136 m. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- (in English) Les Platons, Jersey, Channel Islands, Planet Ware.
- Les Platons Transmitter at thebigtower.com
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