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U.S. gives Intelsat, Eutelsat new waiver for Iran channels
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TEHRAN – The U.S. government has authorized European satellite providers Intelsat and Eutelsat Communications a six-month waiver to broadcast Iranian programs, the Voice of America reported on Thursday. 
 
The U.S. and European authorities had banned the two satellite providers from working with Iranian state-run channels, including the IRIB and Press TV.
 
Although Russian and Middle East rivals quickly picked up the transmission business, the European firms are eager to reclaim it.
 
In January 2012, Press TV was taken off the air in the UK after the British government’s media regulatory body banned the channel for ‘administrative reasons’. 
 
Later on, satellite providers in some other Western and Arab countries banned Press TV, Spanish-language television Hispan TV, and Arabic-language channel al-Alam from broadcasting their programs abroad. 
 
MT/PA 
 
 
 

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