Arab News Network

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Arab News Network (ANN) is a minor Arab news channel broadcast on satellite from London.

History and profile[edit]

ANN was established in 1997.[1] The channel is owned by Sumer al Assad, son of Rifaat al-Assad who is the former vice president of Syria, and uncle of the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.[1] The channel states its goal to be a democratic reform in the framework of a Baathist Syria.[citation needed]

The station broadcast daily English news from November 2004 to March 2006, but since then has been broadcasting solely in Arabic. The desire to remove the programme reflected a change in management. Rifaat's son, Ribal al-Assad, is currently director of the London Bureau. He decided to cancel the English programming due what he perceived to be the lack of an audience for it.[citation needed]

The channel has faced great financial issues.[citation needed] Major restructuring has been undertaken and technological updates have been acquired by the channel in order to improve its image.

ANN is currently broadcasting on Hotbird and Arabsat and aims to soon start broadcasts on Nilesat.


  1. ^ a b Edmund Ghareeb (Summer 2000). "New Media and the Information Revolution in the Arab World: An Assessment" (PDF). Middle East Journal 54 (3): 395–418. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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