Al-Balad (newspaper)

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This is an article of the Lebanese newspaper, for the 90th sura of the Qur'an see Al-Balad.
Al Balad
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Front page of Al-Balad on 4 March 2006
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Al Waseet International
Publisher Al Wataniya
Founded 15 December 2003; 10 years ago (2003-12-15)
Language Arabic, French
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Official website www.albaladonline.com

Al-Balad (Arabic: البلد‎) meaning The country, officially Sada Al-Balad (Arabic: صدى البلد‎) meaning The echo of the country) is an Arabic-language daily newspaper in Lebanon. Its headquarters is in Beirut.[1] It is a tabloid commercial paper.[2]

History[edit]

Al Balad was first published on 15 December 2003[3][4] and the owner is Al Waseet International.[5] The publisher of the daily is Al Wataniya publishing house.[1][4] In 2010, the paper also began publishing a French language edition.[5]

In addition to conventional sections, the paper has a lifestyle section and expanded sports and world affairs sections.[4]

Circulation[edit]

In 2006, a study carried out by Ara'a Company with 2500 participants concluded that Al-Balad was read by 18.3% of Lebanese over 15 years of age, being the first in this regard.[6] In the same study it was also found that the paper was the second most popular paper in Lebanon after An Nahar.[6] The Ipsos study in 2006 revealed that Al-Balad had the largest rate of subscribers with 23.8% whereas An Nahar had only 2.6%.[6] The paper was also found to have highest circulation in Lebanon in 2006.[6] A 2009 survey by Ipsos Stat also established that the daily is among the five most popular newspapers in Beirut.[2]

The paper's online version was the 42nd most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Media Landscape". Menassat. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mapping Digital Media: Lebanon". Open Society Foundations. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lebanon. Media Landscape". European Journalism Center. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Profile of MEPA Member". MEPA 14 (14). 1 May 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Many voices". The Business Year. 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Lebanon: Surveys show Beirut's Sada al-Balad most widely circulated paper". BBC Monitoring. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

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