Why BBC Four is moving channels AGAIN on Scottish Freeview...



Updated | Freeview viewers in Scotland need to learn yet another new channel number for BBC Four.

As of Wednesday 20th November, arts and culture-led BBC Four has packed its bags and moved to channel 68, its fourth Freeview channel number north of the border so far this year.

There's no change to BBC Four in the rest of the UK.

BT TV, TalkTalk and Plusnet TV viewers in Scotland are also affected by the channel number change, as these services are linked to Freeview channel numbering.

Following the change, viewers tuning in to channel 75 in Scotland will see a redirect message.

BBC Four started 2019 on Freeview 9 before being moved to channel 82 to make way for the new BBC Scotland channel in February.

Then, channel 75 became available, resulting in the channel making a move in August 2019.

Channel 68 - previously used in the Manchester area on Freeview - became available on a national basis back on 1st October, and the BBC has now bagged the slot. 

However, it's unlikely BBC Four will stay put for too long: Ofcom has decreed that the channel must be moved to a higher ranking slot by the start of 2024, to sit in the top 24 Freeview channel numbers. It remains to be seen which service would have to be relegated as a result.

BBC Four HD, which is available in some parts of Scotland on channel 106, is unaffected by the move.

However, with a number of Freeview channel numbers vacant nationally, viewers everywhere are likely to see some further changes as channels take the opportunity to secure a higher ranking slot on the Freeview channel list.



  • Updated 18:07 20/10/2019.