to Israel television for the new satellite station which started
on 25 June 2002. Whilst the programmes can do with a little
improvement, the idea of an Israeli voice on the waves is
wonderful which we will continue to watch instead of having
to move from one anti-Israel station to another.
Arabic-English international satellite network features English
news programme broadcast nightly at 8 p.m. Israel time (5
pm GMT). The network will be available via satellite throughout
the Middle East and Europe on the same French satellite that
broadcasts Al-Jazeera and other top Arabic networks. Mr Ra'anan
Cohen, the minister responsible for enforcing the IBA (Israeli
Broadcasting Authority) Law, emphasised at a cabinet meeting
that the news broadcasts would be high quality and not propaganda.
The IBA has invested
a NIS 97 million budget in the project at a time when cuts
are being made in local news broadcasts. International viewers
should point their satellite dishes to the Hotbird 3 satellite
at 13 degrees east. The channel is at 12220 megahertz. The
polarity of the reception is horizontal, with a 6161 symbol
rate from the symbol 3/4 FEC.
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