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26/03/2003

APTN broadcast live war coverage to China

Associated Press Television News (APTN) have made broadcast history by bringing live coverage of the war in Iraq to the Chinese state television, China Central Television (CCTV).
CCTV is one of 40 broadcasters who have signed up to APTN Direct, a new service that delivers two satellite channels of live, war-related coverage to their existing subscribers.
When war broke out, CCTV broke into scheduled programming, using APTN coverage from Baghdad and also live coverage of war planes taking off from the USS Constellation in the Persian Gulf.
“Chinese watchers say it is the first time they can remember CCTV breaking into scheduled programming for an international news event. It is certainly the first time they have run live pictures from an American warship in action,” said Nigel Baker, APTN’s Director of Content.
APTN used a videophone with a gyroscopic antenna to deliver live pictures from the USS Constellation.
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