Satellite woes hit Channel One

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Primedia, New York, said it will be unable to broadcast its Channel One News program to schools during the last two weeks of the school year due to the failure of PanAmSat's Galaxy IV satellite. It said Channel One hopes to reschedule advertising spots for the final 12 broadcasts of the current school year to next fall. Channel One's 12,000 subscribing schools will receive videotaped programs during the remaining days of school this spring. It said its satellite distribution system will be restored "well before" the start of the new school year in August but warned the costs of switching to the Galaxy III-R satellite, including repositioning dishes at participating schools, could be as much as $5 million.

Copyright May 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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