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Astra Secures BBC Deal For Additional Satellite Transponder

Betzdorf, Luxembourg (SPX) Jul 12, 2005
SES Astra, an SES Global company, is pleased to announce that the BBC has contracted a further transponder, this time on the Astra 2A satellite at 28.2 degrees E.

The BBC, which already has six Astra transponders on Astra 2B and 2D, will use the additional capacity to reconfigure the satellite delivery of its portfolio of TV, radio and interactive services.

Alexander Oudendijk, Astra's Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President, said: "The BBC is a broadcasting institution throughout the world, respected and admired for the diversity and quality of its programming. Once again the BBC has decided to expand our business relationship and we believe that this is in no small measure due to our like-minded commitment to quality and service."

The BBC's acting Controller of Distribution Richard Waghorn, said: "The BBC aims to deliver its services across the UK on the platforms where our audiences expect to find them, free-to-air. The new transponder will increase our flexibility to meet our audiences' changing aspirations for the satellite platform. The BBC is pleased to be enhancing its long-standing relationship with Astra who can provide world-class technical expertise and experience, as well as proven security and back-up facilities."

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SES Global Will Join The CAC Next20 And IT20 Indices
Betzdorf, Luxembourg (SPX) Jul 07, 2005
The Euronext Paris Indices Committee has announced its decision to include SES Global in the CAC Next20 and IT20 indices. This decision will take effect from Thursday 1 September 2005.

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