SES announced today that it has signed a long-term renewal with Channel 5 for one transponder that it is using on the ASTRA Satellite System at 28.2 degrees East. SES owns and operates the ASTRA Satellite System. As a key UK public service broadcaster, Channel 5 broadcasts a wide variety of programming, from its own news service to current affairs, sport and children's programmes, as well as documentaries and lifestyle programmes, reality television and American drama. Channel 5 regularly attracts 45 million viewers a month and is available through ASTRA 28.2 degrees East on both the pay-TV platform Sky and the free-TV offer Freesat.

Paul Dunthorne, Channel 5, Director of Channels & Operations, said: "Since our launch in the late 1990s we've enjoyed a very successful relationship with SES, based on the company's unrivalled back-up facilities together with its excellent technical expertise, which are all crucial broadcasting requirements."

Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES, said: "This important deal is an excellent endorsement of the quality and strength of our service and highlights Channel 5's long term confidence in SES."