Arqiva and Eutelsat have jointly agreed to terminate broadcasts via Eutelsatís HOT BIRD satellites of channels belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). This decision was based on reinforced EU Council sanctions and a confirmation by France's broadcasting authority that the Sahar 1 TV channel that broadcast in IRIBís multiplex of television and radio services should be permanently switched off.

IRIB has been informed of the termination of its contract. Transmissions consequently ceased this morning through the HOT BIRD transponder.