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Star Broadcasting Corporation (Star Group Limited)
Star Television logo.svg
Type Subsidiary
Founded 1 August 1990
by Richard Li
Owner News Corporation
Key people Paul Aiello (CEO)
Richard Li (founder)
Official Website [3]

Satellite Television of Asian Regional (STAR) Broadcasting Corporation is an Asian TV service owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. It is headquartered in Hong Kong, with regional offices in India, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, as well as in other south Asian countries.

According to the STAR website, their service has more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries and is watched by approximately 120 million viewers every day.



The company was launched in 1 August 1990 as part of Hutchison Whampoa group. It started broadcasting five television channels in 1 January 1991 from AsiaSat 1 Satellite. Launch of The STAR TV Network pioneered satellite television in Asia and in the process catalyzed explosive growth in the media industry across the entire region.

In 1993 Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation purchased 63.6% of STAR for over $500 million, followed by the purchase of the remaining 36.4% in 1 January 1993. [1][2] Murdoch declared that:[3]

"(telecommunications) have proved an unambiguous threat to totalitarian regimes everywhere ... satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels"

After this, the former prime minister Li Peng requested and obtained the ban of satellite dishes throughout the country. Subsequently the STAR TV network dropped the BBC channels from its satellite offer. This, and many ensuing declaration from Murdoch, led critics to believe the businessman was striving to appease the Chinese government in order to have the ban lifted.[3]

In August of 2009, STAR Broadcasting Corporation revealed a restructure to its Asian broadcast businesses into three units - Star India, Star Greater China and Fox International Channels (FIC). James Murdoch (NewsCorp chairman) stated, “We are now reshaping a big, regional organisation into three highly focused business units..". Paul Aeillo (CEO) was slated to leave in December 2009.


Today STAR Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts over 60 services in 13 languages. Shows include entertainment, sports, movies, music, news and documentaries.

Reaching more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries across Asia, STAR Broadcasting Corporation is watched by approximately 120 million viewers every day.[citation needed]

STAR Broadcasting Corporation controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world's largest[citation needed] contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies in Asia, STAR Broadcasting Corporation businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems and distribution, direct-to-home services, terrestrial TV broadcasting, wireless and digital services.

In 1994 STAR TV Network removed BBC World Service Television (now BBC World News) from the network following demands from the government of the People's Republic of China. It is alleged that the PRC government was unhappy with BBC coverage and threatened to block Star TV in the huge mainland Chinese market if the BBC was not withdrawn. This is despite technology that is capable of blocking BBC World in China, while making it available in other countries they serve. [4][5][6]

Management Team

  • Laureen Ong, Chief Operating Officer
  • Ward Platt, president of FIC.
  • John Lau, Star's president of China and Taiwan.
  • Uday Shankar, chief executive of Star India.

Original Management Team

  • Richard Li, Founder
  • Robert Chan, President
  • Michael Johnson, Special Advisor to Richard Li
  • Alex Zilo, Senior Vice President, Programming
  • Steve Moss, Executive Vice President
  • George Chan, Head of Advertising Sales
  • Craig Ehrlich, Senior Vice President, Distribution
  • Francis Wong, Chief Financial Officer
  • Peter Schloss, General Counsel
  • Kevin McIntyre, Senior Vice President, Distribution
  • David Manion, Senior Vice President, Distribution
  • Roger Clark, Head of Technical and Broadcast Operations
  • Phil Braden, Head of Network Operations

Channels provided

STAR TV's former channels

  • VIVA Cinema - STAR's Filipino movie channel, a joint venture with VIVA Entertainment, launched on 6 May 1996. This channel was terminated in July 2003. [9]
  • BBC World News, the former BBC World News Service, and one of the original STAR TV channels when it launched in 1991
  • MTV Southeast Asia - music channel and one of the original STAR TV channels when it launched in 1991; but it ended its affiliation in 1994 to broadcast separate ways & it was replaced by Channel [V] in May 1994.
  • Prime Sports - the old name of STAR Sports, and one of the first five STAR TV channels
  • Film Indonesia - A 24-hour Indonesian language Movie Channel.
  • STAR Plus Japan - A 24-hour Japanese Entertainment Channel. [10]
  • TechTV - A 24-hour Computer Channel. Formerly seen in Middle East via STAR Select.
  • EL TV - A 24-hour Hindi Entertainment Channel. EL TV ended its relationship with STAR in 1999.
  • Zee TV - A current 24-hour Hindi Entertainment Channel. Zee ended its relationship with STAR in 1999.
  • Zee Cinema - A current 24-hour Hindi Movie Channel. Zee ended its relationship with STAR in 1999.
  • CNBC Asia - Business News Channel launched in 1996, This channel terminated within 2006 replacing CNBC Europe. Formerly Available in the Middle East via STAR Select.
  • CNBC Europe - Business News channel, formerly available on STAR Select in the Middle East. This channel was terminated on 31 March 2007.
  • The History Channel - 24 hour History and Biography channel in India. This channel was relaunched as Fox History and Entertainment channel in November 2008.
  • Jetix - Kids channel, formerly available on STAR Select in the Middle East. This channel was terminated on 30 November 2008.
  • Fox Sports - a sports channel, available on STAR Select in the Middle East. This channel was terminated on 31 December 2008.
  • Channel V Korea - a music channel, the South Korean affiliate of Channel [V] launched on June 16, 2001. The channel is 67% owned by DoReMi Media. However the channel was temporary shutdown on December 31, 2008.
  • Fox News Channel
  • BabyTV - is the first 24-hour, commercial-free channel for children under pre-schoolers. This channel is now available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and India.
  • Sky News
  • Granada TV - British entertainment from Granada now only available on Star Select in the Middle East, dropped from the line-up in the rest of Asia in 2002. Formerly known as Granada UKTV.

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