Nile News comes onboard AsiaSat 2

According to the agreement, ERTU will use the C-band capacity on AsiaSat 2 to broadcast the Nile News television channel and two radio channels El-Bernameg Al-Aam and El-Quran El-Karim across Asia and Australasia.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 23, 2005

Satellite operator, AsiaSat and Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU) have signed a new lease agreement this Ramadan. According to the agreement, ERTU will use the C-band capacity on AsiaSat 2 to broadcast the Nile News television channel and two radio channels El-Bernameg Al-Aam and El-Quran El-Karim across Asia and Australasia. These free-to-air Arabic services are being broadcast on AsiaSat 2 in digital format and will target the expanding Arabic-speaking community across 50 countries and regions within AsiaSat 2’s C-band footprint. “We are now offering more comprehensive Egyptian programming abroad,” says Ibrahim Al Akabawy, acting chairman of ERTU. “The launch of Nile News on AsiaSat 2 will extend our reach to the whole of Asia and Australasia with the latest news from our country and the Arab region. AsiaSat 2 is one of the most widely received satellites in Asia, and by joining this broadcast platform, we are able to distribute our services effectively and instantaneously to rebroadcast stations, cable headends, hotel networks, embassies and direct-to-home viewers in the region.” Speaking about the deal, Peter Jackson, CEO of AsiaSat, adds: “These new channels bring viewers more information about Egypt and the Middle East. We are pleased to welcome these channels onboard during Ramadan this year.”

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