You may need to retune your TV this month after change in freeview airwaves

Freeview viewers in Wigan may need to retune their TV equipment on 23 October to continue watching some programmes.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 2:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 3:09 pm
Your TV may need retuning soon

Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services. Following a decision by the UK Government, transmitters are being updated region by region as part of a major engineering programme being carried out between now and 2020.

Sets across Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire are set to be affected by the changes.

The required changes will begin at the Winter Hill transmitter group shortly after midnight and Freeview channels will be off-air overnight until 6am. After this, any viewers receiving their TV signal from the main Winter Hill transmitter who find they are missing channels can retune. Services from smaller local relays may be subject to disruption until late afternoon. Satellite and cable TV are not affected.

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Around 2.7m homes are served by the affected transmitters. Freeview will be running an information campaign to prepare people for the change, including advertising and on-screen messages.

Further required changes will take place at the Winter Hill transmitter group in early 2020, following the completion of engineering work in neighbouring areas.

Retuning should be straightforward and some TV equipment will retune automatically. Some older aerials may need to be replaced to continue receiving all channels. Viewers may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if needed.

Anyone who needs advice, or who finds they are still missing services after retuning, can visit the Freeview website at or contact the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288.

Further information is available online at