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SES: “Demand for government comms increasing”

SES has told investment analysts that its exposure to Russian or Ukrainian revenues is extremely limited. But it says that the conflict has increased demand for governments for military grade X-band communications has increased in the past couple of weeks. The X-band usage is centred through its Govsat-1 capacity which is part of its SES-16 […]

March 21, 2022

FBI warns of further satellite cyber attacks

A report from the FBI and the USA’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says more attempts similar to the recent hacking of Viasat’s KA-SAT communications satellite are likely. The report says that the current problems surrounding Russia means that satellite operators and service companies must examine their critical infrastructure and review and implement much stronger […]

March 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ofcom revokes RT’s broadcast licence

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has revoked news channel RT’s licence to broadcast in the UK, with immediate effect. It says it has done so on the basis that it does not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence. The decision comes amid 29 ongoing investigations by Ofcom into […]

March 18, 2022By Colin Mann

SMPTE condemns Russian invasion

The Board of Governors of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has issued a statement condemning “the unprovoked invasion by Russia of the sovereign country of Ukraine, the slaughter of innocent Ukrainian citizens, the destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, and the suppression of individual rights of Russian citizens to speak and associate freely.” […]

March 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Cyber warfare hits Viasat/KA-Sat

California-based satellite operator Viasat has been suffering from alleged electronic warfare emanating from Russia. Reports suggest that hackers have deliberately disrupted satellite signals to and from Ukraine and in particular using the (formerly Eutelsat-owned) KA-Sat. Reuters, for example, is reporting that the cyber attacks have affected about 10,000 terminals. The attacks started as long ago […]

March 16, 2022

ITV, STV to hold Concert for Ukraine

ITV, STV and Livewire Pictures are partnering with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to stage a two hour fundraiser concert on March 29th raising money for the humanitarian appeal in Ukraine. Concert for Ukraine will bring together names from the world of music for a unique event spreading a message of hope and support, and […]

March 16, 2022

Bank: Ukraine war impact on media

A report from investment analysts at Berenberg Bank looks at the sectorial impact, and in particular on media, and says that while there are some broadcasters have business interests in Russia, but their exposure (to specific losses) are modest. The bank says its own portfolio coverage has very limited exposure to Russia and Ukraine, noting: […]

March 11, 2022

Another 48 Starlink satellites launched

A Falcon 9 rocket, using a booster that had already flown four times, placed 48 Starlink satellites into space on March 9th. It was SpaceX’s tenth successful flight in as many weeks. The launch took place from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 15.45 GMT. The rocket’s booster made a perfect landing – despite a few […]

March 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Beth Rigby interviews Boris Johnson on new Sky News show

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the first guest in an exclusive on Beth Rigby Interviews, the new prime time show starting tonight (March 10th) at 9pm on Sky News. As pressure grows on leaders in the West to take more action against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Political Editor Rigby will question the Prime Minister […]

March 10, 2022

Premier League ends Russia TV deal

The Premier League has suspended a deal with its Russian broadcast partner to air football matches in the country. The agreement, made with Rambler (Okko Sport), takes place with immediate effect. In a statement the Premier League said: “The League strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We call for peace and our thoughts are with […]

March 9, 2022