The U.S. military is to beam its own news coverage to millions of Americans.
Moving on from its phase of embedding journalists, or as some would say, 'a
policy of restricting and controlling the flow of information,' the Pentagon
will now produce and disseminate the news itself. It will be beamed to the public
at no charge. The service will emanate from what is known as the Pentagon Channel,
an internal public relations television unit within the Department of Defense.
It was set up nine months ago.
The government-run TV service will be channeled to the public through EchoStar
Communication's Dish Network which will offer the Pentagon Channel to its more
than 11 million viewers on a no-cost basis. Programming will appear on the network's
public interest channels and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dish viewers will be kept up to date with current military news and information
including Department of Defense news briefings, military news, interviews with
top defense officials, and short stories about the work of military people.
'We appreciate Dish Network's decision to carry the new Pentagon Channel on
their satellite TV system,' said Defense Department spokesman Larry Di Rita.
'Their support helps us fulfill our mission of providing timely military news