Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Satellite Service fed news-hungry world

Satellite Service fed news-hungry world

Satellite Service fed news-hungry world

BrightStar, thanks to 1,500 kgs of the latest in high-tech communications equipment

valued at over U.S. $300,000, enabled many television viewers around the world to

learn about Cambodia's peaceful elections before those in Cambodia did themselves.

For all the TV camera crews in town, all it took was U.S. $1,800 and ten minutes

of live or taped footage could be beamed by satellite anywhere around the globe.

So, couch potatoes in Osaka, Manchester or Timbuktou may have known that voting was

proceeding in an orderly fashion before voters in Phnom Penh had returned home to

tell grandma that it was safe to go out and cast her ballot.

"We've had ten different clients so far," said Richard Hradsky-Fisher,

technical coordinator for BrightStar Communications, the London-based firm that guarantees

live satellite feeds from almost any point on earth.

With an average of 12 feeds per day BrightStar, recently acquired by Reuters Television,

may have grossed a handsome U.S.$150,000 during their recent one-week stint in Phnom

Penh.

It took Hradsky-Fisher three days to fly out from London with equipment in tow for

Cambodia's elections. Once the equipment was set up in the front of the Renakse Hotel

the next step was finding the Intelsat satellite up in the sky to begin transmission.

"There's a big calculation that you do once on a little computer," said

Hradsky-Fisher, describing how he determines the satellite dish's longitude and latitude.

"Once you know that we aim the dish and we're ready to go," he said.

This was Hradsky-Fisher's third visit to Cambodia. BrightStar set up their gear in

a cowshed in Takeo for the arrival of the Japanese battalion last fall and also broadcast

live from the grounds of Angkor Wat in December.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release