MEASAT Global Berhad has begun migrating Manila Broadcasting Company (“MBC”) stations onto its latest MEASAT-3d satellite. This makes MBC the first media organisation in the Philippines to broadcast through the new state-of-the-art satellite.
“We are pleased to welcome MBC on board MEASAT-3d. As a pioneer broadcast institution in the Philippines, MBC has always been at the forefront of new technology and developments, and this migration to our new satellite continues this practice. They are one of MEASAT’s long-standing customers; broadcasting on our MEASAT-2 satellite since 2001 and we have been working together through thick and thin. When MBC’s headquarters caught fire in 2019, destroying most of the key equipment, we raced to support via our own MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre (“MTBC”) uplink for almost a year while MBC rebuilt their main studio. This latest migration further strengthens MBC’s broadcast services via MEASAT through their broadcast facility in Manila,” said Ganendra Selvaraj, Chief Commercial Officer, MEASAT.
“As a leading news and entertainment station in the Philippines – a distinction we are proud to maintain until today, it is important for us to work with a satellite services provider that is technologically advanced, reliable and flexible – supported by a team we are happy to call friends. For MBC, MEASAT is all these and more. They have been an excellent partner over the years and were a great help amidst the challenge of rebuilding our studio, so we are most pleased to extend and expand our professional relationship with them. Through this migration to MEASAT-3d combined with a new uplink antenna built with MEASAT’s support at our newly renovated studio facility, our position is now further strengthened,” commented Ruperto Nicdao Jr, President of MBC.
Today, MBC is the largest broadcast network in Asia, with over 200 stations throughout the Philippines archipelago. It operates six AM and FM networks – DZRH, 90.7 Love Radio, 101.1 Yes The Best, 96.3 Easy Rock, Aksyon Radyo, and Radyo Natin.
MEASAT-3d is co-located with MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b at the 91.5°E orbital hotslot to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust video neighbourhoods with unrivalled in-orbit redundancy and expansion capacity.