|Launched||11 January 2004|
|Owned by||Saudi Government|
|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
|Broadcast area||Saudi Arabia
|Headquarters||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Sister channel(s)||Al Saudiya
Al Quran Al Karim
Al Sunnah Al Nabawiyah
Launched on 11 January 2004, its aim according to its director was to present "a new image of the Gulf Arab state" to the wider region and the world. After the hiring of several Saudi women, its first bulletin was read by the kingdom's first female news presenter. Correspondents are based across the Middle East, Europe and America to provide coverage of news stories from around the world.
The channel, like its main competitor Al Jazeera, is owned by its government and run by the Ministry of Culture and Information, along with other channels that are part of the Saudi Television network. The station is transmitted to the Middle East and the Arabic speaking world from the Badr 4 satellite at an orbital position of 26.0° East.
- Sakr, Naomi. "Women and Media in Saudi Arabia: Rhetoric, Reductionism and Realities". British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 35 (3). doi:10.1080/13530190802525197. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- Saudi TV news channel goes on air BBC 12 January 2004