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Castle picks up BDB signal

LONDON — British Digital Broadcasting has awarded the contract to supply its transmission and distribution services to Castle Transmission Intl.

The contract, worth about $325 million over the next 12 years, brings digital terrestrial TV one step closer to becoming a reality in the U.K.

BDB — a consortium backed by the ITV network companies Carlton and Granada — is planning test transmissions for the end of this year and will launch 15 channels in the first half of 1998.

CTI is parented by the U.S. company Castle Towne Corp. and Tele Diffusion de France, a subsid of France Telecom. Earlier this year it acquired the transmission business for the BBC’s analog TV services.

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