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The Croydon transmitting station (also known as the NTL Tower) is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility located in Upper Norwoodmarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker ( ), in the London Borough of Croydonmarker, owned by Arqiva. It was founded in 1955 and initially used a small lattice tower. The tower present on the site today is high and was built in 1962.

The Croydon Transmitter was originally used to broadcast the London ITV signal on VHF Band III. When UHF broadcasting began the nearby Crystal Palace Transmittermarker was used. VHF television was discontinued in 1985, and the Croydon Transmitter was not used again for regular TV broadcasting until 1997, when a new directional UHF antenna, designed to avoid interference with continental transmitters, was installed to carry the newly-launched Five in the London area. It still carries Five's analogue signal, although its digital terrestrial service uses Crystal Palace. Croydon also has reserve transmitters for BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Channel 4, but these are only used in the event of engineering works or a failure at Crystal Palace.

The site is also a maintenance base for transmitter teams and previously used to house one of four Regional Operations Centres or ROCs.

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Analogue Radio (FM VHF)



Digital Radio (DAB)



Analogue Television



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