BBC Extends Deal With SES For Western European Coverage

BBC World News has extended its contract with satellite platform operator SES to ensure its Western Europe audience can continue watching its HD Free To Air (FTA) channel.

This will be achieved via SES’s Astra satellite at 19.2° East, whose reach has increased every year, from 65m homes at year end 2015 to 88m by year end 2019, a 34% rise in five years. The BBC World News channel, which has been available in HD through SES since 2015, is distributed via a multiplex operated and uplinked by SES from its Luxembourg headquarters.

“This deal with SES is really important as it allows us to reliably reach widespread audiences across Western Europe,” said Chris Davies, executive vice president of marketing and distribution for BBC Global News. “Amidst one of the biggest news stories of this generation, we’re seeing unprecedented demand for quality journalism.

Ferdinand Kayser, CEO at SES Video, added: “Since the COVID-19 health crisis started, we have heard from our customers that demand for linear TV, especially news programmes, is on the rise and that reliable news producers such as the BBC are now more critical in providing accurate news and information to millions of viewers.”

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