TS News - JSkyB Applies For 12 Channel Service

TELE-satellite News, 4 September 1996

JSkyB Applies For 12 Channel Service
  TOKYO, Japan, 96/09/04 (TS) -- Rupert Murdoch and Japanese partner
Masayoshi Son visited Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Tuesday to apply for permission to begin operating a 12 channel digital
satellite broadcasting service from next year.

  Japan Sky Broadcasting (JSkyB) will initially send the 12 channels from
two transponders on the JCSat-3 satellite. In the future the company hopes
to win permission to expand its service to over 100 digital channels, with
more transponders on the satellite.

  Media laws in Japan limit foreign ownership of broadcasting ventures to
20% and Murdoch will not be allowed to continue with his JSkyB plans unless
that law is satisfied, said the ministry.

  In June the two companies announced they are acquiring a 21.4% stake in
Asahi National Broadcasting, operators of the TV Asahi national commercial

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