Deutsche Welle leaves the Astra (19.2° east) satellite.

Posted: 07 Apr 2010

"Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has terminated the satellite transmission of its TV channel DW-TV in Europe on Astra (19.2° East) in January for financial reasons. 'We have to use our limited resources in an efficient and effective way. The transmission costs alone amounted to three quarters of a million euros,' DW’s general director Erik Bettermann told German trade newsletter proMedia. 'We’d rather put this money into our programmes, for example into a two-channel strategy for Asia,' Bettermann explained. He added that it has to be taken into consideration that Germany’s public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are also available on Astra. ... Since 1 January, DW-TV has only been available in Europe on Hot Bird (13° East). However, the transponder the channel occupies on the Eutelsat satellite has recently been hit by jamming several times. 'Eutelsat has detected that the jamming comes from Iran,' said Bettermann." Jörn Krieger, Rapid TV News, 6 April 2010.

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