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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.

SES: “Intelsat board deeply conflicted”

SES, in a motion submitted to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court, alleges that Intelsat is continuing to “disregard” the role and importance on Intelsat US as the rightful recipient of the FCC’s…

SES earns $1bn from FCC

SES says it has received validation from the FCC in regard to the satellite operator’s Phase I C-band clearing obligations. It means that SES will receive $1 billion (€0.89) in…

“A crescendo of concern” over crowded orbits

Quilty Analytics, in its latest quarterly ‘state of the industry’ report, quotes recognised satellite business leaders expressing their concerns on the risks to commercial space – and specifically LEO –…

Analyst: Is Britbox in trouble?

Earlier this month ITV unveiled its Q3 numbers with analysts praising the broadcaster for a much stronger than expected advertising take up and anticipating an advertising increase of around 24…

Intelsat files revised Reorganisation Plan

Intelsat’s lawyers filed a revised Reorganisation Plan from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy into the court on November 19th. Intelsat and its associated businesses have debts of some $15 billion that…

Musk’s giant Starship likely for January launch

Elon Musk’s next-generation Starship is truly huge. Images give just an impression with humans dwarfed by the rocket. Elon Musk says its first launch could take place as soon as…

Intelsat bankruptcy exit plan “inept”

In truth, Intelsat’s bankruptcy has been criticised by investors and creditors since Day One of its Chapter 11 process. But November 17th saw a slew of extra motions tabled and…

Satellite operators hit by Russian action

November 16th saw Eutelsat’s share price crash 5 per cent and SES suffer a 2 per cent fall on the day. In the US Viasat and Loral both fell 3…

Bank: Pro7 dating needs to show some love

ProSiebenSat.1 Media revealed a set of solid results for its Q3 trading earlier this month, but, in the words of analysts at investment bank Berenberg, the broadcaster’s numbers were overshadowed…

Slingshot to throw satellites into space?

An idea is being developed and tested in New Mexico’s Spaceport America; In essence it is a giant slingshot device that is claimed can hurl – robustly built – small…

SES fights back in ‘expert witness’ spat

Last week it was alleged by Intelsat’s lawyers that an expert witness retained by SES to provide advice in the Intelsat bankruptcy case should be excluded. Intelsat’s lawyers argued that…

Intelsat’s court allows SES expert witnesses

Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy court has denied a Motion from Intelsat’s lawyers to bar two expert witnesses from giving their evidence. In particular, SES had wanted to call Jane Mago…

ANA books 20 Virgin Orbit flights

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has reserved 20 Virgin Orbit flights aboard the company’s LauncherOne rocket-plane. An earlier MoU established the relationship between the two. The updated MoU, signed on…

SES could have C-band evidence problem

It is alleged by Intelsat’s legal team that SES has engaged expert witnesses with at least one of them promised a “recovery-based” contingent fee tied directly to his testimony. The…

Bank: “Upgraded guidance highlight for ProSieben.Sat1″

ProSieben.Sat1 published its Q3 results on November 4th which were in line with expectations on revenues but in the words of analysts at investment bank Exane/BNPP there was “a surprising…

Intelsat’s bankruptcy lawyers employ 118

Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction looks certain to go on well into 2022 before all the elements are wrapped up. Meanwhile, the lawyers acting for Intelsat have 118 staff members…

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