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EU agency to broadcast UN programmes

Summary: June 5, 2001: EU agency to broadcast UN programmes (Brussels)

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have joined efforts for the distribution of TV programmes to broadcast media. As a first step in this cooperation, Europe by Satellite (EbS), the EU's TV news agency will distribute the UN productions "World Chronicle" in English and "UN in Action" in five UN official languages beginning 5 June.

The UN programmes will be transmitted via satellite on Tuesdays at 21h00 CET, Wednesdays at 06h00 CET and Saturdays at 13h00 CET. They will also be simultaneously available on EbS' webcast and will remain available on demand for one week on EbS' website at http://europa.eu.int/comm/ebs

"World Chronicle" is a weekly current affairs programme taped at headquarters featuring table discussions on priority issues of international concern by key UN officials, as well as other experts and well-known personalities. Recent guests have included World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, and the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Recently the Acting Chief of the EU's delegation to the UN, Ambassador Richard Wyatt, appeared on the programme.

The series "UN in Action" consists of some 60 short programmes (3-5 minutes) on a yearly basis presenting a wide-scope of political, environmental, economic and social issues set against the backdrop of the Organization's work. The first installments of "UN in Action" which will air on the service are on: the rise of women in Vietnam politics; UNICEF's aid to Indian earthquake victims; education assistance for Afghan refugees from the UNHCR; and the FAO project to help Cameroon cassava cooperatives.

EbS essentially offers broadcast professionals live coverage in up to 11 languages and news feeds relative to EU affairs, as well as programmes about integration processes. The agency offers its services via satellite to TV stations in Europe and the Arab countries and to media worldwide via its webcasts and via daily one-hour feeds to Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the USA. EbS also exchanges material on behalf of other international non- profit organizations, which have the same goals as the EU.

For more information on UN television programmes please contact Ms. Lily Chau, Chief, Multimedia Resources Unit, UN Department of Public Information, telephone (212) 963-2123, fax (212) 963-3430, email: chau[at]un[dot]org(chau[at]un[dot]org), or visit www.un.org/av/tv. For further information on EbS please contact Mr. Maarten Weidenaar, Europe by Satellite, telephone +32 (2) 29.51741, fax +32 (2) 29.90309, email maarten[dot]weidenaar[at]cec[dot]eu[dot]int(maarten[dot]weidenaar[at]cec[dot]eu[dot]int), or visit http://europa.eu.int

EbS can be received on:

- Satellite: EUTELSAT HOT BIRD
- Orbital position: 13° East
- Receive (or downlink) frequency: 12,47550 GHz
- Polarization: horizontal
- Footprint: Widebeam
- Symbol rate: 27,500 Mbauds
- FEC: 3 / 4
- Decoder card: not required.
  • Ref: EC01-051EN
  • EU source: European Commission
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 5/6/2001


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