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Arabsat on defensive over Bahrain pull out - 12-June-2012, 03:40

Arabsat on defensive over Bahrain pull out
June 11, 2012


Satellite operator Arabsat has criticised media coverage of Bahrains Radio and Television Unions decision to stop broadcasting its bouquet of channels on Arabsats Badr 4 satellite at 26 East.

Coverage has focused on Bahrains decision being a response to the transmission of Iranian channels on the satellite that allegedly incited sectarian strife in the troubled Gulf kingdom. Arabsat said that its last contract for capacity with the Iranian Space Agency was signed five years ago, that the capacity leased by the agency was limited in coverage and that its channels were difficult to receive in the Arab World and that the Al-Alam channel, the main source of Bahrains ire, ceased broadcasting on Arabsats transponders over the Arab world two years ago but continued to broadcast on Nilesat.

It also said that Arabsat had reduced the signal strength of the Iranian bouquet that still included Al-Alam to reduce spillover and that Al-Alam was still available throughout the Arab countries via Eutelsats Hotbird position. Finaly, it said the issue had been discussed in depth at its general assembly and that, to protect itself legally, it had reached an agreement with Iran to stop broadcasting Al-Alam on the Iranian bouquet.

Arabsat said it hoped that Bahrain would now reconsider its decision.



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