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Chris ForresterChris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Intelsat rockets back to normal

Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO, could have started his half-yearly (Q2) results presentation by using a biblical quote, saying “O Ye of Little Faith” as if to chastise those shareholders who…

Sky results in line with expectations

There are certainly no complaints from financial analysts over Sky’s full-year results, issued early July 30th. Typical is Equity analyst Jerry Dellis at investment bank Jefferies, who welcomed the UK’s…

BNP downgrades SES advice

A report to investors from Exane-BNP/Paribas resulted in a downgrade (to “Neutral”) of their advice on satellite operator SES. The report follows on from last Friday’s SES half-year results, which…

Satellite stocks hammered

If the general comment that a ‘rising tide raises all boats’ is accepted then the opposite is also true, and on July 24th the tide absolutely went out for the…

FCC rejects Ergen’s $3.3bn wireless discount

Charlie Ergen’s lawyers will no doubt be back in action shortly. This time the argument will be with the powerful Federal Communications Commission and its chairman Tom Wheeler following his…

Branson’s ‘Spaceport America’ 1st launch next summer?

The head of New Mexico’s Spaceport Authority told a special US investigation committee that she was hoping Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ‘SpaceShip Two’ sub-orbital space plane would start regular…

BBC nightmare to worsen

It was widely reported on July 12th that the BBC is to face tough external scrutiny, and perhaps a complete restructuring. The government is setting up a panel of eight…

Sky: Challenges on all fronts

A ‘war of words’ has broken out between Sky and BT, with Sky calling for BT’s ‘Openreach’ service be separated from the rest of the telco. Meanwhile, BT raised the…

ESA praises “outstanding success” of SpaceX

Strong praise for SpaceX, France’s arch-rival rocket launching system, was not expected at a French parliamentary hearing on July 7th. Especially when the praise came in a comment from the…

“What if?” questions over Pro7-Sat.1/Springer deal

It is now clear that the rumoured Axel Springer ‘merger’ with German broadcaster Pro7-Sat.1 is “credible” in the words of investment bank Exane/BNP-Paribas. A note to investors on July 8th…

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