ARLINGTON, Va. — Audiences overseas now will be able to watch extended defense news on The Pentagon Channel, to be aired on the American Forces Radio and Television Service satellite network, according to a press release.

The Pentagon Channel, which for nearly two years served only viewers in the Pentagon building, was to begin broadcasting Wednesday at 4 p.m. EDT on the SATNET for the overseas audience.

The channel, run by the AFRTS NewsCenter in Alexandria, Va., provides defense employees coverage of military news, major news events, congressional hearings, and live coverage of news briefings from the Pentagon, State Department and White House, and the defense secretary’s Town Hall meetings, to name a few.

The Pentagon Channel will be available to viewers with an AFN PowerVu decoder, and AFRTS-BC is coordinating with commands, military broadcasting services, cable services and local AFN outlets to broadcast Pentagon Channel coverage.

At first, some cable systems might not be able to provide the service because of a lack of equipment and bandwidth.

The Pentagon Channel schedule begins daily at 7 a.m. EDT and will run for 12 hours.

Broadcasts also will include the following service flagship news magazines and daily, weekly and monthly news and information programs:

• Air Force Television News

• Navy-Marine Corps News

• Army Newswatch

• Your Corps

• AFN Weather

• Ocean Area Weather

• The Pacific Report

• Navy Daily News Updates

• AFRTS NewsCenter’s Two-Minute Report

• AFRTS NewsMinutes

• AFRTS Combat Camera

• AFRTS TimeLine

• AFN Europe’s Destinations

• Air Force Prime Time

• AFN Korea’s Destinations

Questions and suggestions can be sent via e-mail to: or to the news director at AFRTS NewsCenter, 601 N. Fairfax St., Suite 370, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 428-0480, DSN 328-0480 or fax at (703) 428-0466.

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