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Japan May Lose Sat Channels

After a week of intense talks, the semi-public Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) and the private Japan Satellite Broadcasting Corp. are no closer to reaching agreement on sharing the loss of airtime caused by a failing broadcast satellite.

The destruction of another satellite during an unsuccessful launch from Cape Canaveral April 19 means that all three of Japan’s satellite channels could be forced off the air if agreement is not reached soon.

“If each one continues to broadcast, all three channels will stop. There won’t be enough power to support any of them,” says an exec.

The government will make a decision if JSB and NHK can’t.

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