Television in Yemen

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Local television is the most significant media platform in Yemen. Given the low literacy rate in the country, television is the main source of news for Yemenis. There are six free-to-air channels currently headquartered in Yemen, of which four are state-owned.[1]

The government runs four terrestrial television channels: Yemen TV (the flagship national TV station), Aden TV, Sheba TV (aimed at youth and students) and El Aman TV (covers religious issues). The Yemeni satellite channel is aimed at Yemeni expatriates abroad, whilst the opposition channel, Suhail TV, is currently headquartered in London. Due to the high price of satellite dishes relative to the local levels of income, terrestrial channels have the highest penetration, and there is minimal penetration of pay-TV.[1]

Until recently, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya were the most popular channels for news and information about events in Yemen, however Suhail TV gained in popularity after the political uprisings. A survey conducted by the BBC in 2010, revealed that only 14% of viewers preferred to watch Yemeni state-run TV rather than international satellite channels, suggesting strong preference for satellite channels from overseas.[1]

List of channels[edit]

Yemen has around 6 television channels, almost all are owned by the government. These channels are:

  • Yemen television channel: The 1st official channel started broadcasting in 1975 in North Yemen as local media, joined other Arab channels via INTELSAT-59 in 1995 and later Nilesat.
  • Yamania television channel: This channel was founded in 1980 in the South of Yemen as "Aden channel" and was renamed after the unity of Yemen.
  • Al-Saeeda television channel: New television channel opened in 2007 and is broadcasting via Nilesat.
  • Suhail television channel: This channel started its test programs in May 2009 on Nilesat and Arabsat, but soon after (about 2 months) closed upon the government request to Kuwait, reasoning that the channel is broadcasting against the law, especially while Yemen is still engaged in Shia insurgency.[citation needed] The station however could broadcast again from unknown area via Nilesat at the new frequency, 11595 MHz.[2]
  • Al-Iman television channel: Islamic dedicated channel opened recently in 2008 as a moderate channel against radicalism and terror.
TV channel Satellite
Yemen TV Badr 4, AsiaSat 2, Hot Bird 8, Nilesat 102, Hispasat 1C, Galaxy 19
Aden TV(First Yemeni TV established and 3rd Arabic) Nilesat 102
Aden Life TV Nilesat 102
AL Aqiq TV Badr 4
Sheba TV Badr 4
Al-Saeeda Nilesat 102
El-Eman Badr 4, Nilesat 102
Hadramout TV in process
AL-Asreeyah TV Local, Hadramout only
Suhail Nilesat 102

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