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Palestine

 

Palestinian Broadcast Corporation

 

The Palestinian Satellite Channel is operated by the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation under the authority of the Ministry of Information of the Palestinian National Authority. The channel is a 24-hour station with a focus on news, current affairs, films, documentaries, soap operas and music.

 

It has been operating under financial hardship that limits its news to studio reports, wire stories and feeds from other broadcasters. The main office and studios were burned in 2001, the first year of the Intifada, and PSC has since been operating from temporary headquarters in Ramallah and Gaza. A live stream is available on their site.

 


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

QUICK FACTS:

Population:
 3,314,025
  
Total Area:
 6,220 sq km
 slightly smaller than Delaware
  
Government Type:
 The Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, signed in Washington on 13 September 1993, provided for a transitional period not exceeding five years of Palestinian interim self-government in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Direct negotiations to determine the permanent status of Gaza and West Bank had begun in September 1999 after a three-year hiatus, but have been derailed by a second Intifada that broke out in September 2000.
  
Currency:
 new Israeli shekel (ILS)
 Jordanian dinar (JOD)
  
Religions:
 Muslim 75% (predominantly Sunni)
 Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%
  
Languages:
 Arabic
 Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians)
 English
(widely understood)