Satellite Delivery of News to Europe in '89

Here is a Dec. 6, 1989, news release from PR NewsWire concerning UPI's European staff assignments and the testing of satellite delivery of news to Europe:


WASHINGTON (DEC. 6) PR NEWSWIRE - United Press International today announced several key European staff assignments and investments, and said that UPI will soon test the first satellite delivery of U.S. news agency services provided to Europe.

Describing a series of moves to strengthen UPI operations in Europe, UPI Senior Vice President-International Pieter VanBennekom said that Philip Williams has been appointed news editor for Europe. Williams is a former UPI bureau chief for Bonn and Nairobi, and recently served with British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) international service.

VanBennekom said that UPI's satellite transmission of U.S. news and information to Europe -- unique among U.S. news agencies -- is scheduled to begin Dec. 15, and will mean vastly increased news volume. The UPI test is being conducted with Microspace Communications Corp. of Raleigh, N.C., and Mainstream Data of Salt Lake City.

UPI has further agreed to install Case Communications Ltd. telecommunications equipment that will greatly speed news editing and transmission. The switching and related communications equipment from United Kingdom-based Case is scheduled for installation early next year in UPI communications hubs in London and other key cities.

The equipment conforms to the X.25 advanced technical standards set by international standards organizations, and "should improve service and make troubleshooting much easier and faster," said VanBennekom. The Pan Am Sat distribution test will employ a telecommunications signal with an information capacity up to 1,000 times greater than that currently used by UPI in some European nations.