Thursday, September 08, 2011

BBC Persian TV now jammed on two satellites

The deliberate jamming of BBC Persian TV from within Iran has now moved to two different satellites for the first time. The Hotbird satellite has been targeted since July and now the Eutelsat W3A satellite is subject to interference.

Eutelsat, the satellite owner, has validated the geolocalisation of the source of the interference as being in Iran.

Both BBC and Eutelsat condemn this extensive and deliberate act that is contrary to international conventions for the use of satellites.

Peter Horrocks, Director BBC Global News, said: "We continue to work closely with Eutelsat and the international regulatory community to find means of countering this interference. It is well known that Iran are actively engaged in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)'s Radio Regulations Board yet their fellow countrymen continue to flout the very conventions by which the industry operates.

"We call on those of influence to do all they can to impress upon Iran the illegal nature of the jamming and the need to cease this activity immediately."

Last year, the ITU Radio Regulations Board urged Iran to end interference hampering Eutelsat satellite operations.

BBC Persian TV continues to stream live online and on satellites T12 (15 degrees West) and EB2 (25.5 degrees East).

BBC Persian television launched in 2009 and has suffered similar deliberate attempts to interfere with its signal intermittently ever since.

Notes to Editors
BBC Persian is the BBC's integrated news and information service for Persian-speakers. It is available on air and on demand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is designed to reach audiences on radio, television, the internet – on – mobile phones and handheld computers in whatever way best suits the audience. BBC Persian is one of the oldest of the BBC's non-English language services. Launched on 28 December 1940, it has evolved into the Persian-speaking world's leading international broadcaster, covering the political, social and cultural issues that matter to its diverse audiences in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and across the world. With its TV presence, BBC Persian is bringing the world to Persian-speaking audiences – reporting the news wherever it leads.

(BBC World Service Press Office)

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