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Chris Forrester

Chris 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.

Bank: Junk food ad ban delay boosts ITV

The UK government has postponed its planned advertising restrictions on high fat, sugar-rich and salty products (so called HFSS foods). The products were expected to be prohibited in the near future – but now the government says it will look again at the restrictions in a year. The news was a boost for ITV; The […]

May 18, 2022

Bank: Ubisoft Q4 disappoints

Video games giant Ubisoft has reported another disappointing set of numbers in its quarterly results – which resulted in the company reducing its formal guidance. A report on Ubisoft from investment bank Berenberg says that the company’s its Q4/22 trading and net bookings (at €664 million) were 6 per cent short of consensus which translated […]

May 17, 2022

OneWeb expects $1bn in 3-5 years

Eutelsat, a significant shareholder in low-Earth orbit constellation OneWeb – which has some two-thirds of its fleet (428 craft) already in space, says that it sees OneWeb generating $1 billion (€0.96bn) in revenues within 3-5 years of its deployment. A note from equity analyst Sami Kassab at investment bank Exane/BNPP to clients anticipates that OneWeb […]

May 16, 2022

SES rescues 5G satellite constellation

Back on March 17th, it was reported that the Luxembourg government had mislaid an application from Luxembourg Space Telecommunications (LST) to create a 62-satellite constellation (Cleosat) of low Earth orbiting satellites. The initial request was made back in 2015 but sometime subsequently LST corporately vanished into thin air. SES Astra has stepped into the breach […]

May 12, 2022

Intelsat’s bankruptcy fees cost it $288m

Declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is an expensive and often risky decision. Certainly, the costs for Intelsat’s declaration to adopt Chapter 11 cost it two years of – at best – marking time, major changes to its management team and risks that it could be penalised over the long-running dispute with SES over the division […]

May 11, 2022

SaxaVord Spaceport, Spaceport Cornwall latest

Scotland’s SaxaVord Spaceport has announced a new partnership with Astra Space. Not to be outdone, Spaceport Cornwall at the other end of the UK has enjoyed the British government confirm that it will handle its first satellite launch this summer. Nasdaq-listed Astra, whose mission is to improve life on earth from space, successfully completed its […]

May 10, 2022

Satellite dispute helps Thaicom

Thaicom’s 30-year concession to operate the nation’s satellites ended last September. The Thai government took two satellites – half the fleet – back on September 10th 2021. The consequences are now clear. The Thai Ministry for Digital Economy and Society (MDE) had hoped to find someone prepared to stump up the government’s fees for using […]

May 10, 2022

Virgin Galactic signs 800 future astronauts

Space tourism business Virgin Galactic says around 800 would-be “astronauts” have made reservations for one of its sub-orbital flights. That might be the best news for the Sir Richard Branson-backed company which declared a delay to its passenger flights (to Q1/2023) and a net loss of $93 million for Q1 this year ($130 million loss […]

May 9, 2022

Veon at risk from Russia, Ukraine war

Veon is a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms service company. Officially domiciled in Bermuda, it was founded in 2009 and perhaps better known as VimpelCom. Its subsidiary companies include Beeline, Kyvistar, Jazz, Wind Telecom and Banglalink. It is listed on the Nasdaq and Euronext exchanges – but the conflict between Russia and Ukraine risks bringing the whole […]

May 5, 2022

Sorrell: “Starlink is ace up Musk’s sleeve”

British millionaire Sir Martin Sorrell, executive chairman of ad-agency S4 Capital and the former head of WPP, says that broadband satellite venture Starlink is the real “ace up Elon Musk’s sleeve” – not Twitter or Tesla. “The real jewel in Musk’s crown is Starlink. It takes data directly from Tesla’s cars which in reality are […]

May 2, 2022