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Chris Forrester, TBS contributing editor, is a well-known broadcast journalist, with columns regularly published in Middle East-related magazines and newspapers. A frequent broadcaster, he is also author of "Digital television broadcasting—drivers for growth and pattern of uptake," published in June 1998 by Phillips Business Information.

View from Dubai: The Digital Future

DUBAI, UAE -- CabSat 2000, the 6th annual Dubai cable, satellite and broadcast show (Feb. 29-Mar. 2), generated plenty of fresh business as well as hard news from the region's broadcasters. Local hardware distributors all had smiling faces, largely from the much higher margins generated by digital receiver sales compared …

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Rupert Murdoch: Always Moving, Always Shaking

TBS Contributing Editor Chris Forrester caught up with Murdoch to talk about News Corp's expansion into Europe Preparing for a snapshot interview with Rupert Murdoch is a difficult challenge for any journalist. First, the man is, for all the publicity that surrounds him, something of an enigma. We all know him so well, …

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Dubai Cable Trade Talk

EDTV to Launch Four New Free-to-Air Channels, New Arabsat Captures Middle East Hotbird Status The big story from the 1999 Dubai Cable and Satellite Show was Arabsat 3A, which was successfully launched February 27, 1999, and which will be co-located with its existing sister craft. But the main news from the …

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Digital Platforms in the Middle East

The Middle East has no fewer than four competing digital television platforms fighting for viewer loyalty: ART/1st NET, Orbit, Star Select, and Gulf DTH/Showtime. Four years ago there was no subscription TV. The few direct-to-home (DTH) satellite channels were all free-to-air and offered little threat to the monopoly state-run national …

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