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MONTE CARLO

A group of Italian investors, including fashion entrepreneur Stefano Pastorelli, are launching the first digital satellite TV channel in Monaco, called Monte Carlo Sat.

The channel, which is not related to the over-the-air TeleMontecarlo TV group based in Italy and owned by Vittorio Cecchi Gori, will broadcast free-to-air in Italian on the Hotbird 5 satellite. Its footprint will cover Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Following its purchase of the two largest cable companies in the Czech and Slovak Republics, UPC named Vaclav Barton chairman of Kabel Plus and managing director of UPC Slovakia.

At Kable Plus, Barton replaces David Dea, who exited late last month. Eric Singer, Kabel Plus’s CFO, has been named general manager of Kabel Plus, a post which Dea also held.

At UPC Slovakia, Barton replaces Jeffrey Silverberg, who resigned on Nov. 17.

UPC’s expanded holding in the Czech and Slovak Republics make it the largest player in the region.

Barton adds his new titles to his ongoing position as general manager of Kabel Net, which operates in the two largest Czech cities.