Saturday, April 29, 2006

ASTRO Indonesia in Legal Bind

Dow Jones has reported from Jakarta that the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia will meet May 3-4 in Jakarta to resolve the issues surrounding the operations of Malaysia's Astro All Asia Networks in Indonesia.

It appears that PT Direct Vision, which is 51%-owned by pay- television company Astro, suspended operations in Jakarta following a government letter ordering it to do so until it obtains landing rights, or approval, for the satellite it uses to beam TV programs to customers in Indonesia.

[The Indonesian Government has recently introduced new legislation with Parliamentary approval to tighten broadcasting laws. These place greater restrictions on foreign owned companies wishing to broadcast in Indonesia. It could well be that through some technicality, PT Direct Vision has fallen foul of the new law. - Ed]

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