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Broadcast Facilities, Inc. Acquires Crawford Communications, Inc.’s Satellite Services Division

Thursday, July 22, 2010  
Posted by: Randall Barney
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Broadcast Facilities, Inc. (BFI) announced the purchase of Crawford Communications, Inc.’s Satellite Services division. The stock acquisition includes all of Crawford’s television network origination, Teleport, satellite uplink trucks, Internet, production and government services portions of the business. BFI’s other primary asset is Andrita Media Center, the largest independent HD and SD network origination, production, post-production and digital media facility on the West Coast. The combined resources will allow BFI to provide a more comprehensive range of services for customers.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Crawford has been providing turnkey broadcast solutions since 1984. The company performs over 40,000 feeds per year, originates/turns more than 200 full-time networks and provides satellite services to hundreds of clients in various industries.

Crawford works closely with major news networks such as ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC. The company delivers content for sports leagues and broadcasters including DIRECTV Sports Networks, ESPN, MLB, NASCAR Media Group, NBA and NFL Network. The CDC, NASA and U.S. military’s Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) are among its government clients. Crawford also performs international services for Alterna’TV, Latin American Pay Television (LAPTV), MGM Networks Latin America and SkyVision. In addition to these notable organizations, Crawford provides disaster recovery for BET, Discovery Communications, Scripps Networks and The Weather Channel.

Spanning over 110,000 square feet, Crawford has one of the largest network origination facilities in the U.S. The company employs 335 people and operates 24/7. Crawford’s services include network origination/playback; central casting; disaster recovery; satellite and fiber transmissions; satellite uplink and production trucks; IP-media; IP via satellite; emergency communications; governmental SATCOM; Webcasting; and studios and remote video production.

Crawford’s Atlanta facility and BFI’s Los Angeles Media Center will offer mirrored disaster recovery and the ability to quickly launch HD/SD networks. In addition, clients will have access to a unique footprint for the backhaul of both domestic and international sporting events and to quickly roll-out central casting services for TV stations throughout the U.S.

Crawford Satellite Services provides turnkey broadcasting solutions for clients across the globe. The Company has performed more than 100,000 uplinks for clients in various industries, originates/turns 135 full-time cable networks and provides satellite services for hundreds of clients. Its HD and SD services include network origination and playback; domestic and international satellite transmissions; streaming media/webcasting; online services; fiber optics; satellite uplink trucks; multi-camera production trucks; studio and remote video production.

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