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May 5th, 2015

Of SatBroadcasting™ Interest: Bringing BBC World Service To APAC+ Australasia Via AsiaSat 5 + BT

[SatNews] Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) has reached an agreement with BT to deliver BBC World Service Asia feed of 33 radio channels in 21 languages.

Artistic rendition of the AsiaSat 5 satellite.

These services are being distributed in C-band on AsiaSat 5 from the orbital location of 100.5 degrees East to BBC’s short and medium-wave transmitter sites, as well as to FM partners and re-broadcasters in Asia and Australasia. The services, which are tailored to the region, constitute an essential part of BBC’s global distribution service. With AsiaSat 5, the BBC services are reaching an ever-growing audience in Asia.

William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “BBC’s commencement of service has significantly expanded our portfolio of information and entertainment services on AsiaSat 5. This partnership between AsiaSat and BBC offers a diverse range of high quality content from one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters to a broad Asian audience.”

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Vice President BT Media & Broadcast, said, “Our successful partnership with AsiaSat enhances our distribution services to BBC in terms of service performance and audience reach in Asia.”