TELE-satellit News - 14 January 1995
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EUROPE'S SATELLITE MAGAZINE
International Satellite Broadcasting News
Number 84, Week ending 14 January 1996
By Martyn Williams
News Desk : Internet email@example.com or CompuServe CIS:martynw
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BBC INVESTIGATES SATELLITE CENSORSHIP
LONDON, England (TS) -- BBC World Service Television is
investigating reports that news stories about the expulsion by
Britiain of a Saudi dissident were blacked out on its service via the
Saudi Arabian based Orbit television package.
The signals travel from London via satellite to Rome where they are
combined with other channels and sent up to the Arabsat satellite. The
Rome earth station is operated by Saudi company with close ties to the
Saudi royal family.
"We are aware of reported interruptions to the transmission of BBC
Arabic television. We are investigating the matter as an issue of
utmost importance," a BBC spokesman was reported as saying.
The dissident, Mohammad al-Masari, has been living in London and
campaigning against the Saudi royal family.
Reuters reported Orbit were making no comment and that a leading
hotel in Riyadh had been told not to carry the programming by the
NEWS CORP WANTS THE OLYMPICS
LONDON, England (TS) -- From the year 2000 you could be hearing,
"The Olympics - Exclusively Live On Sky". Rupert Murdoch this week bid
a reported $2 billion for European rights to the Olympic games from
2000 to 2008.
The massive bid is an attempt to break the long standing traditon of
awarding the rights to the EBU which has in turn meant the games can
be carried on all EBU member stations across Europe and on Eurosport.
The bid values each of the five games in the period at $400 million
compared to the $240 million the EBU paid for the Atlanta 1996 event.
Apparently, the deal would place some events on Murdoch's pay TV
channels Sky Sports and Sky Sports 2 while some events would be
carried free to air. If Murdoch wins the games it could also open Sky
Sports to a pan European audience.
While the amount bid is large compared to the EBU's previous
contracts, it is dwarfed by the $3.6 billion that NBC recently paid
for US broadcast rights to the games.
ARIANE LAUNCHES PANAMSAT, MEASAT
KOUROU, French Guiana (TS) -- An Ariane 44L rocket carried two
satellites into space from Kourou in South America last Friday. Flight
82 took off at 2310 UTC, 1810 EST, 0010 CET Saturday.
From its orbital position over the Atlantic Ocean, PanAmSat's PAS-3R
will provide global coverage of the Americas, Europe and Africa,
offering a full range of telecommunications services. It is equipped
with 16 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders, and offers a design life
of 14 years.
Measat 1 (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) is owned and operated by
Binariang Sdn. Bhd. and is equipped with 12 C-band and 4 Ku-band
transponders. The first national telecommunications satellite, it will
provide both fixed and mobile telecom services for Malaysia and
The next launch, Flight 83, is scheduled for February 2, 1996. An
Ariane 44P launch vehicle will be used to place into geostationary
transfer orbit the N-STARb telecommunications satellite, built by
Space Systems/Loral of the United States for the Japanese companies
NTT and NTT DoCoMo.
ABC NEWSONE AIDS AFFILIATES IN BLIZZARD COVERAGE
NEW YORK, New York, USA (SHOPTALK) -- The Blizzard of '96 produced a
blizzard of live shots supplied by NewsOne/ABSAT for ABC affiliates,
and amongst ABC Stations who traded live shots up and down the coast
as the storm bombarded the Eastern Seaboard.
Alternating between ABC's Bob Schmidt and Jennifer Glasse...NewsOne
offered stations a total of 43 group live shots, beginning with the
evening newscasts Sunday (1/7), throughout the entire broadcast day
Monday (from 5:30am/et through 11pm newscasts on the West Coast), and
again on Tuesday from 12 noon through 9pm/et. ABSAT coordinated an
estimated 150 custom liveshots during the brunt of the storm.
The level of cooperation among the stations was outstanding, and
provided the stations an excellent opportunity maximize each other's
resources to expand their coverage of the 'big picture.' Given the
size of the storm, which covered much of the eastern seaboard NewsOne
coordinated a series of reporter whip around from a dozen stations
Monday, for both early & late newscasts.
The reports were each 20-25 seconds with reporters self-giving
self-intros and their location, and the latest on the situation in
their city. Each station also provided 3-4 shots of good weather
video. That gave stations the option to string together as many or as
few as the needed to tell the story, run the standups individually, or
package them together with the b-roll. Participating stations
included those in the worst hit areas like WABC/New York,
WPVI/Philadelphia, WLOS/Ashville, WTVD/Durham, WCVB/Boston, New
England Cable News, WTNH/New Haven, WNEP/Scranton, WMTW/Portland,
Maine, and WTEN/Albany, plus the airport delays in Miami from WPLG,
and even the sunny weather on the beaches of Los Angeles from KABC.
NewsOne also provided WABC's & WPVI's off-air signals Monday during
GE WANTS MORE SATELLITE SLOTS
NEW YORK, New York, USA (GE) -- GE Capital Satellites International,
Inc. (GECSI) announced that it is seeking 12 satellite orbital slots
to serve the European, African and Asia-Pacific regions. Applications
for these orbital locations on behalf of GE Capital Satellites
International have been made to the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU) by the Government of Gibraltar, a British Dependent
Territory. Satellites constructed and launched to these locations
would be operated from a planned satellite control facility on
"Our vision is to be an owner/operator of satellite-based
communications services in specific international markets. This is a
significant step in realizing that vision," said John F. Connelly,
chairman and chief executive officer of GE Americom. "We intend to go
where we can best serve our customers, using GE's global experience,
resources and extensive international network to help satisfy our
customers' requirements worldwide," he said.
Planned orbital locations include 3.0E, 6.5W, 10.0W, 15.0W, 23.0"
for Europe; 37.5E, 47.0E and 51.0E for Africa; and 97.0E, 100.7E,
105.3E and 108.2E for Asia and the Pacific. The proposed satellites as
currently envisioned would be used mainly for video programming
distribution, including direct-to-home, cable headend and other
broadcast applications. The planned spacecraft design would
accommodate both analog and digital video formats, as well as other
uses including VSAT and data networks.
ECHOSTAR REACHES FINAL ORBIT
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado, USA (ECHOSTAR) -- EchoStar Communications Corp.
announced this week that EchoStar-I, its first direct broadcast
satellite has reached its FCC-assigned final orbit at 119-degrees
This attainment of final geosynchronous orbit culminates
approximately ten days of various spacecraft maneuvers managed and
implemented by Lockheed Martin,the manufacturer of EchoStar's fleet of
The satellite was placed in its final location after completing two
east-west 100-minute thruster burns. The solar panels and antennas
were successfully deployed as expected earlier this week. In-orbit
payload testing will begin immediately and is expected to continue
through early February.
Programming is due to begin in March.
CBS ADDS NEWS FEED CAPACITY
NEW YORK, New York, USA (GE) -- CBS and GE American Communications
have signed an agreement to provide CBS News with satellite news
gathering services via the GE GSTAR 4 communications satellite. CBS
will use the satellite to transmit domestic and global news, special
events and breaking stories to all of its more than 200 US network TV
The terms of the agreement call for full-time Satellite News
Gathering (SNG) transponder service on GSTAR 4, as well as occasional
SNG services on the GE GSTAR 1, 2 and 3 communications satellites. GE
Americom will also provide satellite access services and voice
communication services for CBS.
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