WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)          April 20, 2004

                              PanAmSat Corporation
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          Delaware                      0-22531                  95-4607698
(State or other jurisdiction          (Commission              (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)                File Number)           Identification No.)

      20 Westport Road, Wilton, CT                                  06897
      (Address of principal executive offices)                    (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code        (203) 210-8000

         (Former name and former address, if changed since last report.)


      On April 20, 2004, the Company issued the press release attached as
Exhibit 99.1 to this report and incorporated in this Item 5 by reference.

This Report on Form 8-K includes statements that are not historical facts and
are considered "forward-looking" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect our
current views about future events. They are identified by their use of terms and
phrases such as "believe," "expect," "plan," "anticipate", "possibility,"
"estimates," "projects" and similar expressions identifying their
forward-looking character. Investors should not rely on these forward-looking
statements as assurances of future events, because such statements are
inherently subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's expectations.
The factors that may affect the outcome of such expectations include, but are
not limited to factors detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC,
including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.


      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: April 20, 2004                   PANAMSAT CORPORATION

                                       By:      /s/  James W. Cuminale
                                       Name:    James W. Cuminale
                                       Title:   Executive Vice President,
                                                Corporate Development
                                                General Counsel and Secretary