|Launched||March 23, 2007|
|Owned by||Seven Syrian businessmen from Damascus|
|Slogan||Voice of the people and Pictures of life|
Addounia TV (Arabic قناة الدنيا الفضائية, literal translation "the world") is a private television station based in Damascus, Syria since March 23, 2007. The station is described by some western media as "semi-official" and a "mouthpiece of the government." Addounia TV is a sister channel of Sama TV.
Addounia TV features a variety of general-interest programs. News are aired in five daily bulletins: at 2:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm (Damascus time). Many other programs are shown on the channel; some of them are:
- Sabah al Khair (Good Morning, صباح الخير)
- 7 Days
- Syrian Drama
- Shi Chic (something chic, شي شيك)
- All Sports
- Ain ala al Hadas (Eye on the event, عين على الحدث)
- Drama Zoom (دراما زووم)
- Cinema in
- Sa'a Houra (Free Hour, ساعة حرة)
- Main News Bulletin (نشرة الأخبار الرئيسية)
- from the newsroom (من غرفة الأخبار)
- Shabab Tube (Youth Tube, شباب تيوب)
- Sahtak bel Dounia (Your health worth a lot, صحتك بالدنيا) with Dr. Dana Al-Hamwi
Addounia TV's current presenters includes:
News anchors: Wafa Al-Douiri (وفاء الدويري) and Majed Hermuz (مجد هرمز). Other anchors: Roaa Abbas (رؤى عباس), Evleen Haddad (ايفلين حداد), Kinda Asfoura (كندة عصفورة) and Reem Maarouf (ريم معروف).
Correspondents which are making also reports for Sama TV: Ahmad al-Aaqel (أحمد العاقل), Kinda al-Khidr (كندة الخضر), Ata Farhat (عطا فرحات), Diana Farfour (ديانا فرفور), Kinana Allouche (كنانة علوش), Leen Tarabishi (لين طرابيشي) and Haidar Mustafa (حيدر مصطفى).
Notable past presenters now on Sama TV: Nizar Al-Farra (نزار الفرا), Hanaa Al-Saleh (هناء الصالح), Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Hamid (د.محمد عبد الحميد), Salem Al-Sheikh Bakri (سالم الشيخ بكري), Inas Fadhloun (إيناس فضلون), Toulin Mustafa (تولين مصطفى) and Reem Sherkawi (ريم شرقاوي).
Other notable past presenters: Salam Ishak (سلام اسحق), Micheline Azar (ميشلين عازار), Wafa Shabrouni (وفاء شبروني), Rania Thanoun (رانيا ذنون), Khansa Al-Hukmiya (خنساء الحكمية), Majed Musallam (مجد مسلم) and Sara Dabbous (سارة دبوس).
Addounia TV during the Syrian crisis
On September 23, 2011, the Council of the European Union added Addounia TV to its list of sanctioned individuals and entities, on the basis that Addounia TV had "incited violence against the civilian population in Syria. After one months on October 20, 2011 Addounia TV was interrupted on Hotbird. Addounia TV channel said that the sanctions imposed by the European Union contradict media freedom and the international conventions which protect the freedom of expression.
Addounia TV has suspended on February 5, 2012 its SMS 'Breaking News' service temporarily because it was hacked by the opposition.
The Arab League officially asked the satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat to stop broadcasting Syrian media, including Addounia TV in June 2012. Syrian State News Agency, SANA, called the move to stop broadcasting a "misleading campaign launched against Syria."
President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview on 29 August 2012 to Addounia TV in which he talked on the local and regional developments. The whole interview is available on YouTube with English subtitles.
Journalist Suheil al-Ali from Addounia TV died on 4 January 2013 after suffering wounds from four days prior when opposition fighters opened fire on him in Damascus countryside while on his way home from work.
- November 2010, Addounia TV won the Tetrapylon Palmyra Award for Best Satellite Channel.
- Dunham, Jillian (14 September 2011). "Syrian TV Station Accuses Al Jazeera of Fabricating Uprising". The New York Times.
- "Syrian Oppression: How the Elite Are Hanging Tough Together". Time. 10 June 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Ministry of Information: Stopping Broadcast of Addounia TV on Arabsat and Nilesat Preparatory Step to Launch Misleading Campaign of False News". SANA - Syrian Arab News Agency. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- http://www.sana-syria.com/eng/21/2012/08/30/438882.htm[permanent dead link]
- "Full President Assad's interview with Addounia TV 29-08-2012 [1/5]". Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- http://sana.sy/eng/21/2012/09/06/439840.htm[permanent dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Syrian Addounia TV returns to broadcast on Nilesat satellite
- http://sana.sy/eng/28/2010/11/13/318945.htm[permanent dead link]