Rotana Group

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Rotana Group
Type Private
Industry Music, Television, Radio, Media Services
Founded 1987
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Owners Al-Waleed bin Talal
News Corp (18.97%)[1][2]

Rotana Group (Arabic: روتانا‎, Rōtānā), also known simply as Rotana, is the Arab World's largest entertainment company. It is primarily owned by the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, with an 18.97% share held by News Corp.

The large pan-Arab media conglomerate includes a film production company, a magazine (Rotana Magazine), television (Rotana TV), seven music channels (Rotana Radio), a record label (Rotana Records), and others.

Rotana Records[edit]

Main article: Rotana Records

Rotana Records (Arabic: تسجيلات روتانا‎) is the Arab World's largest record label, with over 100 signed artists.[3]

Rotana Radio[edit]

Rotana is a series of radio stations belonging to Rotana Group, a big pan-Arab entertainment group. Rotana Radio broadcasts in a number of Arab countries under varying names and with unique programming for each country: Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria and play almost exclusively music released by Rotana Records.

Stations currently broadcasting and frequencies:

  • Jordan: Radio Rotana Jordan - Amman 99 FM, Al Aqabah 11.1 FM, Irbed- Alsalt 90.50 FM
  • Lebanon: Radio Rotana Delta - Beirut - 102 FM
  • Saudi Arabia: Radio Rotana FM Saudi Arabia - Riyadh 88 FM, Jeddah 88 FM, Aldammam 100 FM, Rotana radio KSA online [1]
  • Syria: Radio Style FM - Damascus 105 FM

The stations play almost mostly music released by Rotana Records.

Rotana TV channels[edit]

Rotana TV has many specialized channels. General programming stations include Khalījīya (الخليجية), LBCSat (al-Fadaʼīyah al Libnānīyah الفضائية البنانية), Rotana Media Services (RMS) and RMS Outdoor. Rotana film channels include Fox Movies, Fox (formerly Fox Series), Rotana Cinema and Rotana Zaman (for classic movies). Rotana also runs a number of music channels including Rotana Clip, Rotana Mousica and Nagham, and an Islamic religious channel Al-Resala.

Channels[edit]

  • Rotana Khalijia (الخليجية) (General Entertainment) -The channel was launched initially as a musical channel broadcasting mainly music from the Gulf region. Later on, however, Rotana Khalijia became a general viewing channel with mostly films, television series and lifestyle programming.
  • Rotana Masriya (General Entertainment) - The channel broadcasting mainly music from Egypt. Rotana Masriya is a general viewing channel with mostly films, television series and lifestyle programming.
  • Rotana Women previously known as Al Fadaiyyah al Lubnaniyyah - The Channel broadcasting general women entertainment Programs.
  • Fox (Middle East) - Launched in 2008, this was originally named Fox Series or simply Fox until 29 February 2011 and was a Middle Eastern version of the American Fox Channel. The channel was relaunched as Fox on 1 March 2011.
  • FX TV - FX Middle East was launched in Summer 2011 (between June and July) as a new member of the FOX Middle East Family (Fox (Middle East) & Fox Movies (Middle East)).
  • Fox Movies - A channel broadcasting American films 24 hours a day based on films produced by Fox.
  • Rotana Cinema (Movies Channel) - This is a movie channel established in 2005 that broadcasts exclusively old and contemporary films in Arabic, becoming the most successful and watched channel of the network
  • Rotana Classic (Classic Movies) previously Rotana Zaman - A a free to air satellite television specialty channel that initially broadcast Arabic classic Arabic films in black and white 24 hours a day. Another specialty channel Rotana Tarab broadcast classical Arabic music round the clock. The Rotana administration decided however to scrap Tarab and merge it into Classic in 2012 such that the latter started broadcasting a mixture of classical Arabic films and music in its general programming. Its slogan in Arabic is جواهر خالدة, "Immortal Jewels".
  • Rotana Aflam (Films Channel) - Aflam in Arabic means movies and driven from the word film. This free to air satellite television channel was launched by Rotana Group on 25 April 2012. It mainly broadcasts Arabic and international movies. Its slogan is أفلام ولا في الأحلام, "Movies beyond your imaginations". It also plays a role in furthering the film industry in the Arab world by featuring a selection of films produced in various parts of the MENA region in their original dialects, Arabic, Egyptian, Khaliji, Syrian, and Lebanese.
  • Rotana Clip (Music Clips Channel)
  • Rotana Mousica (Music Channel)
  • Al-Resala (Islamic Religious Channel)

Others[edit]

Rotana has developed an extensive network of companies that support the various radio and television stations. These include:

  • Rotana Magazine, an Arabic language arts and entertainment weekly pan-Arab publication published by the Rotana Group addressed mainly to Arab youth and Arab women in the Middle East, the Arab World and the Arab diaspora.
  • Rotana Media Services (RMS or rms), the media marketing and advertising wing of Rotana Group established in 2004 and providing advertising services and comprehensive media services to the various radio stations and television channels run by Rotana.
  • RMS Outdoor, handling advertising and promotion of outdoor advertisements.
  • Rotana Studios, created mid-2005 to focus on film production, Rotana in partnership with twofour54 to co-produce an initial line up of 12 television films using twofour54's production and post-production facilities.[4]
  • Rotana Café is a series of trendy theme café built around the Rotana franchise name. Besides food and drinks, the cafés offer an arts space, latest video clips, CDs, various Rotana merchandise and memorabilia. It also features occasionally CD launching and meetings with various Rotana stars. There are a great number of Rotana Cafés in various cities throughout the Arab World and worldwide.

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