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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.

Japan cuts licence fee

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is cutting its annual licence fee by 120 Yen (about $1.60) a month. This is the first such cut since 1968 when the nation’s radio licence…

Telenor’s satellite revenues flat

Giant Norwegian telco has unveiled its Q3 results, and most of its various broadcasting-related divisions reported fairly flat revenues. For example, Canal Digital, Telenor’s pay-TV arm, saw overall revenues drop…

Burma to allow satellite dishes

The ‘Democratic Voice of Burma’ (DVB) web-site says that licences for satellite television receivers are likely to be issued again in Burma following a six-year ban claimed at the time…

India: Current pay-TV growth is ‘tip of iceberg’

Technology company NDS is now serving more than 20 million homes in India, representing more than 100 million viewers, with its encryption and middleware expertise. Dr Abe Peled, executive chairman…

SES and Kabel-D make bank’s Top 20

Satellite operator SES and German cable giant Kabel Deutschland both make Morgan Stanley’s stock pick of “20 for 2015” which the investment bank says helps identify those companies with long-term…

Discovery – and News Corp – criticised

Discovery Communications, one of the TV industry’s highest-regarded broadcasters, needs to make its corporate governance more transparent. Same with News Corp, says corporate research firm GMI Risk List, which regularly…

ProSiebenSat.1: “5 Positives”

Pro7/Sat1 is Germany’s second-largest commercial broadcaster (after RTL) and in a fresh report from investment bank Morgan Stanley it seems the broadcaster is in much better shape than this time…

India gets tough for new channels

The past few months have seemed to herald a softer time for foreign channels trying to gain entry into India’s buoyant broadcasting market.  Not quite. New rules issued October7 by…

Grim day for the BBC

The BBC is expected to lay off more than 2000 staffers as it adjusts to life with lower annual income.  The bottom line is that the BBC must slash its…

SES loses satellite dispute

Luxembourg-based SES has been involved in a dispute with Lockheed Martin Space Systems involving millions of dollars, and specifically involving one of Lockheed’s A2100 satellites. While details are of the…