Sky News Arabia
|Sky News Arabia|
|Launched||6 May 2012|
|Owned by||British Sky Broadcasting (50%)
Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (50%)
|Picture format||576i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Slogan||أفق جديد (New Horizon)|
|Sister channel(s)||Sky News|
|Nilesat 201 (7°W)||11977 V 27500 5/6|
|Arabsat Badr-4 (26°E)||11996 H 27500 3/4|
|OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
|Channel 450 (HD)
Channel 451 (SD)
|Astra 1N (28.2°E)||10876 V 22000 5/6|
|Hot Bird (13°C)||11747 H 27500 3/4|
|Etisalat eLife||Channel 234|
|Sky News Arabia||Watch live (HD)|
Sky News Arabia (Arabic: سكاي نيوز عربية Skāy Niyūz ʻArabīyah) is an Arabic news and current affairs channel broadcast mainly in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a joint venture between UK-based BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (ADMIC), owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi Emirate ruling family. The channel uses BSkyB's Sky News brand and was launched on 6 May 2012.
The channel is based in Abu Dhabi's twofour54 media zone and has a network of bureaux across MENA, along with offices in London and Washington, DC. It also shares access to Sky News' wider international bureaux network.
BSkyB and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan first announced a 50/50 joint venture to operate a free-to-air Arabic-language news channel on 29 November 2010. Adrian Wells, head of international news at Sky News, was appointed to lead preparations to launch the channel.
In February 2011, Nart Bouran was hired as Sky News Arabia's first director of news. Bouran was previously director of television at Reuters. Yasser Thabet, former program director at Al Arabiya, joined Sky News Arabia as director of output in June 2011 and Nicholas Love was appointed as director of finance.
Al-Waleed bin Talal, the second-largest shareholder in News Corporation, which has a 39.1% stake in BSkyB, announced in September 2011 that he would launch another Arabic news channel, Alarab News Channel. Alarab, which is partnering with Bloomberg Television, is expected to compete directly with Sky News Arabia, in addition to existing broadcasters Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.
Sky News Arabia claims a commitment to independent reporting and avoiding partisan programming. A six-person editorial advisory committee exercises oversight over the network's editorial output.
Sky News Arabia is broadcast to more than 50 millions households in the MENA region on satellite and cable providers, as well as over the internet and mobile apps. It is available free-to-air on Nilesat 201, Arabsat, Hot Bird and Astra.
- Dalia Abdalla (RT)
- Seza Armenazi (TRT el Türkiye)
- Jarir Dababneh (Egypt TV)
- Badr Sayegh (BBC Arabic)
- Faisal Bin Huraiz (Abu Dhabi TV)
- Ahmed Alsayed (Abu Dhabi Sports Channel)
- Alma Intabli (Al Arabiya)
- Osama Khamayseh (Al Aan TV)
- Mohannad Al Khatib (Future TV)
- Imane Lahrache (Rusiya Al-Yaum)
- Rita Malouf (France 24)
- Hassina Ouchene (Al Arabiya)
- Maya Raydan (Dubai TV)
- Fadila Souissi (Abu Dhabi TV)
- Yusuf Serif (Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera)
- Darwish Al Taweel (Abu Dhabi TV)
Sky News Arabia's headquarters are located in Abu Dhabi's twofour54 media zone. The technical integration process at the studio was carried out from April 2011 to February 2012 in collaboration with Television Systems Limited.
The facility consists of one large single studio which houses a number of permanent sets used for different programs. It also consists of a 10-meter wide video wall.
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