Satellite Newsgathering

SNG is the process that delivers 'live' and 'breaking' news to the viewer/listener as it happens. The focus of this book is the use of satellite uplinks for newsgathering (for both television and radio news reporting).

An ideal introduction for anyone working, or interested, in satellite newsgathering (SNG). The new edition of this popular book builds upon the success of the first--an important and valuable work that is extremely easy to read, comprehensive in its treatment, and detailed where necessary.

SNG used to be an immensely complex and expensive affair where broadcasting organizations were at the mercy of an expert who sat in a lonely corner, until needed. Things have changed--everyone in a global news organization needs to know about it now. This is not only because of the high costs of mistakes, but because now even non-technical journalists on the ground have to operate their own equipment. Learn the skills, basics of equipment, cutting edge technology and critical safety issues of satellite newsgathering.

Jonathan Higgins provides an insight into the technical and operational considerations in specifying and operating SNG systems around the world, the satisfaction faced in doing so successfully and the problems occasionally encountered.

What others have said about Satellite Newsgathering

"It certainly is a most impressive book ..." - Sir Arthur C Clarke

"The complexity of a satellite newsgathering system could be a four-month long college course with a high tuition rate and an enrollment number so large you have to watch your professor on a TV screen. Jonathan Higgins might have saved the independent learner a few attendance point deductions by fitting it into one 470-page book ... "- Satellite Broadband magazine

'This book is nothing if not comprehensive ... If you're in the business, this will not be an expensive book ... there's nowhere else you'll find such an authoritative and exhaustive behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating world." - What Satellite TV magazine

"This book will soon become the Reference for anyone interested in SNG ... It is a wonderful source of information and has the merit of going straight to the subject, being technically precise although very easy to understand. There are numerous pictures, photographs, diagrams, etc. which make the reading a real pleasure. A definite must ! "- EBU Technical Review

"Indeed the early chapters are as intriguing for the satcomms professional as for any journalist ... some of the detail is aimed specifically at engineers and technicians, but there is plenty of more accessible information for journalists ... good contacts list and an excellent glossary of terms."
- Via Inmarsat magazine


Ordering Info
Paperback: 480 pages

Focal Press; 2nd edition (19 July 2007)

ISBN-10: 0240519736

ISBN-13: 978-0240519739

Available from here (optionally signed by the author), or from Focal Press, Amazon (Hard Copy & Kindle), Barnes & Noble, and other intenet book sellers