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Photos by Richard Moore Page last updated: 2021-10-11

October 2002

This is the main TV, FM & DAB radio transmitter site for Sheffield, located at the edge of the city in the residential area of Crosspool. It is situated at the site of a reservoir, and access is not really possible without risk of the neighbours calling the police! Arqiva refer to the site as Tapton Hill, as did the BBC for many years, at least in some documentation.

The original structure was a 36.6m (120ft) tower with 405-line BBC TV on VHF channel 1 entering service on the 24th May 1960. BBC national FM radio was added on the 2nd September 1963, with Radio Sheffield launching on the 15th November 1967. This tower was replaced with a 45.7m tower for UHF TV, with BBC 2 entering service early in 1969.

The collapse of the Emley Moor mast on the 19th March 1969 caused the loss of the BBC 2 programme feed at Sheffield. Transmissions were restored by 5pm on the 21st March following the installation of equipment for the reception of BBC 2 from Waltham. Following a feasibility study on the 21st March, the ITA installed a 405-line, relay transmitter for ITV on VHF channel 6, using equipment that had been destined for the new relay station being built at Newhaven, which was also planned to transmit on VHF channel 6. Two days later this went into service on the 23rd March. 405-line BBC 1 and BBC FM radio were unaffected as their RBL source was/is Holme Moss. Both BBC & ITV 405-line transmission closed on 6th April 1982.

UHF BBC 1 was added in July 1971, ITV on 17th January 1972, Channel 4 from July 1983, with Channel 5 available from the 30th March 1997 launch. DTT was added in 1998. DSO was on 10th and 24th August 2011.

ILR Sheffield (Radio Hallam) launched on 8th February 1975 and shared the BBC aerial. FM radio was converted to mixed polarisation on 12th October 1983, with Radio 1 added on 11th December 1992. Classic FM was added in June 1993, Galaxy 105 (105.6 MHz) on 14th February 1997, Real Radio (107.7 MHz) on 25th March 2002, Sheffield Live (93.2 MHz) on 29th October 2007.

DAB service dates are: BBC, 22nd December 1997; Digital One, 30th September 1999; Sheffield, 28th October 2000; Yorkshire, 23rd June 2003 (closed 30th June 2015); Sound Digital, 29th February 2016.

Sheffield (Crosspool) / Tapton Hill index

Emley Moor | Holme Moss | Newhaven | Waltham

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