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BBC World News soon on commercial vessels

From the autumn, BBC World News bulletins will be available on board commercial vessels via Telemar Scandinavia and NSSLGlobal, the three companies have announced.

BBC World News will be broadcast several times daily to all vessels that opt into the service, providing crews with access to BBC’s coverage of international news, current affairs and sport.

Telemar and NSSLGlobal says that customers using their using Ku- or C-Band network will be able to watch the news bulletins without impacting on broadband speeds through the use of the Multicast service.

“We’re pleased to join together with Telemar and NSSLGlobal to offer BBC World News to over 800 vessels around the world,” said Colin Lawrence, distribution director, BBC World News. “With journalists in more places than any other global news broadcaster, we’re able to deliver the news that marine crews need to remain connected to the wider world.”

Tomas Martinsson, general manager at Telemar, notes: “The importance of crew retention for ship owners is crucial. Providing additional TV services will improve morale for crew and also be done without amassing an unexpected airtime bill or imposing on a broadband package.”

Sally-Anne Ray, managing director of NSSLGlobal, added: “The new service will provide a great deal of opportunities for the future and NSSLGlobal and Telemar are pleased to be at the forefront, leading the way in satellite communications for our customers.”

BBC World News is already available on 173 cruise ships.

Telemar is a provider of Inmarsat and other satellite airtime. Telemar Scandinavia AB specialises in satellite communications, including Broadband solutions.

Headquartered in the UK, NSSLGlobal provides satcom and IT solutions. Its maritime customers include Teekay Shipping, BW Gas, and Shell Tankers, to which it provides hardware and airtime.

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