MBC 1 (Middle East and North Africa)

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Launched18 September 1991; 28 years ago (1991-09-18)
Owned byMiddle East Broadcasting Center
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
576i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaMENA
HeadquartersDubai Media City
Formerly calledMBC
Sister channel(s)MBC 2
MBC Drama
MBC Action
MBC Persia
Al Arabiya
MBC Bollywood
Arabsat11270 - V - 27500 - 5/6
Yahsat11900 - H - 27500 - 5/6
Eutelsat 7WA
  • Orbital Position: 7.3° west
  • Frequency: 11.559 MHz
  • Polarization: Vertical
  • Symbol Rate: 27500 Symb
  • FEC: 5/6
  • Modulation : DVB-S, QPSK
beIN (MENA)Channel 254 (SD)
Mozaic TV (Qatar)Channel 401
Numericable (France)Channel 628 (SD)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 781
Illico Télé Numérique (Canada)Channel 272 (SD)
Kabel BW (Germany)Channel 463 (SD)
Wilhelm Tel (Germany)S3 (SD)
UPC Nederland (Netherlands)Channel 496 (SD)
Maroc Telecom (Morocco)Channel 72 (SD)
Freebox TV (France)Channel 673 (SD)
SFR TV (France)Channel 528 (SD)
TV d'Orange (France)Channel 494 (SD)
Bbox TV (France)Channel 651 (SD)
Streaming media
Shahid (Arab League)Watch online (HD)
YouTubeWatch online (SD)

MBC 1 is a free-to-air pan-Arab general television channel. Satellite transmission started from London in September 1991, making MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) the first independent Arabic satellite TV station, with an estimated audience of more than 130 million Arab people around the world. MBC has recently moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, bringing the production process closer to its Arab viewers.

MBC1 previously used to air cartoons, western movies and programs before launching MBC 2, MBC 3, and MBC 4.

One of its most popular, widely known and controversial shows, and the one generating the highest advertising rates, is Kalam Nawaem, a show led by several women that addresses many types of (women's) issues and taboos, including terrorism, domestic violence, polygamy, divorce and women's suffrage.

MBC1 HD launched was on 1 July 2011.

From 24 March 2020 to 22 June 2020, following the COVID-19 pandemic, MBC 1 uses a logo with a house displayed on-screen.


MBC 1 rebranded in 2012 to bring a new set of idents, idents are now 9 seconds long, unlike 2009's rebrand, which had 20 seconds long idents. In this rebrand, there are menus and bumpers (idents), the menus are used for next tags, which have continuity announcers, bumpers are used to "split" between breaks and programmes, and are used at the end of any programme. Focusing on a "cube-ish" theme, the channel has a simple look, but rather stylish.


On 3 March 2018, MBC announced via Twitter, that they would stop airing Turkish shows and programs, including Vatanım Sensin, as of 4 March. The reason behind this decision is yet to be revealed.

Current programming[edit]

  • Al Hayba
  • Al Tufah Al Akhdar (The Green Apples
  • Asateerology (Legendology)
  • Bil Mohktasar (Shortcut)
  • Heya wa Howa (Her and Him)
  • Kalam Nawaem (Feminine Talk)
  • Kayan (Existence)
  • Lafet Al Mamlakah (The Kingdom's Tour)
  • Ma'aly Al Mowaten (The Citizen's Majesty)
  • Ma Lam Tara (What You Have Never Seen)
  • MBC Fi Esbo'a (MBC in a Week)
  • Qomrah 2
  • Sada Al Malaeb (The Echo of The Fields)
  • Sona'a Al Amal (The Hope Makers)
  • Style
  • Top 5
  • Trend Al Saudia (The Saudi Trend)
  • The Voice Season 4
  • The Wall

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