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): November 13, 2001

               (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

           NEVADA                    0-26176                  88-0336997
(State or other jurisdiction       (Commission              (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)             File Number)           Identification No.)

        5701 S. SANTA FE DRIVE
          LITTLETON, COLORADO                                   80120
(Address of principal executive offices)                      (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:         (303) 723-1000


         On October 28, 2001, EchoStar Communications Corporation ("EchoStar")
announced the signing of definitive agreements with General Motors Corporation
("GM") and its subsidiary Hughes Electronics Corporation ("Hughes"), providing
for the spin-off of Hughes from GM and the merger of Hughes with EchoStar. In
connection with the merger, at least $5.525 billion of total financing is
expected to be required, which we intend to fund in the capital markets on or
prior to closing through equity offerings, debt offerings, bank debt or a
combination thereof and possibly through privately negotiated transactions. A
portion of this financing may be raised by wholly-owned subsidiaries of
EchoStar, EchoStar Broadband Corporation and/or EchoStar DBS Corporation.
EchoStar has obtained $2.7625 billion bridge commitments from each of Deutsche
Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston which in certain circumstances may be drawn
down in the event EchoStar is unable to raise the full $5.525 billion in the
capital markets. As compensation for extension of the bridge commitments,
EchoStar has paid a total of approximately $55 million to Deutsche Bank and
Credit Suisse First Boston.

         In connection with the proposed transactions, GM, Hughes and EchoStar
intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including one or more Registration Statement(s) on Form S-4 that contain a
prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation statement. Because those documents
will contain important information, holders of GM $1-2/3 and GM Class H common
stock are urged to read them, if and when they become available. When filed with
the SEC, they will be available for free at the SECs website,, and
GM stockholders will receive information at an appropriate time on how to obtain
transaction-related documents for free from GM. Such documents are not currently

         GM and its directors and executive officers, Hughes and certain of its
officers, and EchoStar and certain of its executive officers may be deemed to be
participants in GM's solicitation of proxies or consents from the holders of GM
$1-2/3 common stock and GM Class H common stock in connection with the proposed
transactions. Information regarding the participants and their interests in the
solicitation was filed pursuant to Rule 425 with the SEC by EchoStar on November
1, 2001. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of
the participants by reading the prospectus and proxy/consent solicitation
statement if and when it becomes available.

         This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in
any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful
prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such
jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a
prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended.

         Materials included in this document contain forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that could cause our actual results to be materially different
from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements. The factors that could cause actual results of GM,
EchoStar, Hughes, or a combined EchoStar and Hughes to differ materially, many
of which are beyond the control of EchoStar, Hughes or GM include, but are not
limited to, the following: (1) the businesses of EchoStar and Hughes may not be
integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult,
time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) expected benefits and synergies from
the combination may not be realized within the expected time frame or at all;
(3) revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected; (4) operating
costs, customer loss and business disruption including, without limitation,
difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or
suppliers, may be greater than expected following the transaction; (5)
generating the incremental growth in the subscriber base of the combined company
may be more costly or difficult than expected; (6) the regulatory approvals
required for the transaction may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the
anticipated schedule; (7) the effects of legislative and regulatory changes; (8)
an inability to obtain certain retransmission consents; (9) an inability to
retain necessary authorizations from the FCC; (10) an increase in competition
from cable as a result of digital cable or otherwise, direct broadcast
satellite, other satellite system operators, and other providers of subscription
television services; (11) the introduction of new technologies and competitors
into the subscription television business; (12) changes in labor, programming,
equipment and capital costs; (13) future acquisitions, strategic partnership and
divestitures; (14) general business and economic conditions; and (15) other
risks described from time to time in periodic reports filed by EchoStar, Hughes
or GM with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are urged to consider
statements that include the words may, will, would, could, should, believes,
estimates, projects, potential, expects, plans, anticipates, intends, continues,
forecast, designed, goal, or the negative of those words or other comparable
words to be uncertain and forward-looking. This cautionary statement applies to
all forward-looking statements included in this document.


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

                                            ECHOSTAR COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

Dated: November 13, 2001                    By: /s/ Michael R. McDonnell
                                               Michael R. McDonnell,
                                               Senior Vice President and Chief
                                               Financial Officer