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Turner Expands SNG Transponder Deal With SES AMERICOM


Providing a news leader the reach and capacity it needs to cover breaking news and events across the nation, SES AMERICOM, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), today announced Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) has signed a multi-year agreement for two additional transponders aboard the AMC-3 and AMC-5 satellites to deliver CNN news gathering and special events programming.

SES AMERICOM satellites have delivered CNN on-location and breaking news reports from the field for thirteen years. CNN is also tapping SES AMERICOM’s “always on” occasional satellite inventory for quick and easy access to additional reliable and secure news contribution capacity on the fly.

“Growing television audiences across the U.S. and around the world have come to rely on Turner and CNN for the very best in quality news and entertainment programming around the clock,” said Bryan McGuirk, president of media and enterprise solutions for SES AMERICOM. “We are honored that Turner continues to turn to SES AMERICOM for the reach and reliability it must have to expand its SNG capabilities and deliver breaking news as it happens.”

About AMC-3 and AMC-5 Satellites
Launched in 1997, AMC-3 is a Lockheed Martin A2100 hybrid C and Ku-band satellite, which orbits above the earth at 87 degrees west longitude. AMC-3’s C-band transponders provide cable, radio, and educational programming distribution, while its Ku-band capacity supports the education, broadcast, SNG, business television and broadband Internet markets.

AMC-5, launched in 1998, is an Alcatel Spacebus 2000 all-Ku-band spacecraft located at 79 degrees west longitude. AMC-5 serves the SNG, occasional services, VSAT, business television, and broadband Internet market segments. To insure transponder availability during peak demand periods, a dedicated inventory of occasional capacity is available to news customers.

The largest supplier of satellite services in the U.S., SES AMERICOM is recognized as an innovator of global satellite communications services. The company today operates a fleet of 15 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas. As a member of the SES family, SES AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region of the world via a fleet of 36 satellites. In addition, AMERICOM Government Services, a wholly owned subsidiary, is dedicated to providing satellite-based communications solutions to both civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. government. With its combined operations, SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communication and content distribution solutions.


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