The Pentagon Channel, the Defense Department's news and information television service, now provides programming to more than one million men and women in uniform serving on military bases stateside.
The record growth, achieved as the Pentagon Channel approaches its first anniversary of service, has been accomplished, in part, by providing satellite receiving equipment to 165 military installations throughout the United States to allow the Pentagon Channel to be viewed on the base cable networks. Additional audience growth has been achieved through on-base distribution by commercial cable and satellite providers.
The Pentagon Channel is an excellent communications tool to speak directly to U.S. forces and their families, said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The Pentagon Channel broadcasts military news and information for and about 2.6 million members of the U. S. armed forces: Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve. Programming includes Department of Defense news briefings, original documentaries, newscasts and interviews with top Defense leaders.
Additional distribution to military bases, Reserve centers and National Guard armories continues, toward the goal of making Pentagon Channel programming available to everyone in the U. S. armed forces.
"This is an exciting time for the Pentagon Channel, as we approach our one-year anniversary in May, said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. We are expanding our programming and our distribution and we are always looking at proactive ways to communicate with our military audiences."
The Pentagon Channel officially launched May 14, 2004, with a live broadcast from the Armed Forces Day opening ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
Distributed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Pentagon Channel helps ensure that U. S. forces remain the best informed in the world. The television service is also made available to U. S. cable and satellite providers and military audiences overseas in 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service. The Pentagon Channel is also available to a global audience via web cast at http://www. pentagonchannel.mil .