Eutelsat Communications today announced that over 700 hours of capacity has so far been booked on five of its satellites to support the intense media coverage in Rome that followed the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis. Demand for capacity accelerated when the College of Cardinals began deliberation on March 12 in anticipation of a signal of white smoke and the first declaration by the new Pope from St Peterís Square.

Capacity has been booked to date by Arqiva, The Associated Press, GlobeCast, M-Three Satcom, SIS LIVE and Telenor on Eutelsat Ku-band satellites in order to transmit live and pre-recorded content from Rome to studios across Europe and to North America. Eutelsatís NewsSpotter service that operates via the KA-SAT Ka-band satellite has also been called on by Italian and international broadcasters to complement newsgathering operations. Providing native IP connectivity, NewsSpotter is perfectly integrated for the workflows of modern live reporting operations in this widescale event of global interest.

Eutelsat's Booking Centre coordinates the allocation of occasional satellite capacity with news agencies, broadcasters and service providers from minimum periods of 15 minutes for up to several days for the coverage of news, sports and cultural events.