London/Miami, 19 August 2004 – France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast, world leading supplier of satellite services for international sporting events, today announced a raft of new clients for its one-stop broadcast facility in Athens.

New clients signed up for GlobeCast’s Olympic facilities include: CBS, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with John Stewart and Coca Cola Radio in the US; Australia’s Channel 10 and Sky News Australia; Mexico’s TV Azteca, Serbian BK TV; French channel Equidia and Dutch broadcaster NOS.

Other new contracts include; NTV, Japan; Metro TV, Jakarta; Geo, Pakistan; Sahara TV, India and Beijing TV from China. Beijing TV’s online partner, Sports.CN is also using the Broadcast Base to transmit a 1.5 megabit channel, via PAS3, to its website for live coverage of the games.

In addition 3AW, part of the Australian Southern Cross Radio Broadcasting Network, and Melbourne’s leading news and sport radio station has also chosen the Broadcast Base as its resource centre for Olympic Games coverage.

Under one roof, the Broadcast Base 2004 includes studios, work space, playout, conversion, stand up and mobile SNG, in addition to global satellite and fibre connectivity. This media centre for non-rights holders in the heart of Athens, just 400m from the Olympic Stadium, is offered in partnership with Greek Production company Stefi Productions and UK-based equipment supplier Gearhouse Broadcast.

Existing clients include 9 Network Australia; Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITN (ITV3 News) and Reuters from the UK; Italian group Mediaset and global news network CNN.

Further deals with Olympic Games rights-holding broadcasters have also been secured. In addition to Brazilian TV Globo, ATV and TVB from Hong Kong, the Chinese Taipei Broadcast Pool and Japanese TV Asahi and Fuji TV, GlobeCast is now providing the Arabsat/ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union) bouquet of channels with encoding equipment, compression and a satellite uplink services from Athens. GlobeCast is also supplying Japanese broadcaster NHK with a short term lease on Hellasat.

On seeing GlobeCast’s dramatic live positions across the Acropolis and Olympic Stadium, on Eutelsat W1 and PAS 1R, Shanghai TV has booked the Acropolis position for one hour a day for the duration of the Games.

Press Contacts:
Lucy Smith
+33 1 55 95 26 10
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UK Press Contacts – Ing Media:
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+44 20 7247 8334
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Donna Coyle
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