Sky News Arabia is to launch on Sunday 6th May 2012, it has been announced.
The new 24-hour Arabic language news channel, which promises “a new horizon” for news reporting across the Arab world, will be available on Transponder 14 on Arabsat Badr 4, Transponder 15 on Nilesat 201, and in high definition on the OSN pay-TV platform.
Commenting on the launch, The head of the channel, Nart Bouran said: “Sky News Arabia will offer the MENA region a fresh approach to television news with an independent editorial mandate at the heart of everything we do.
“The Sky News Arabia idea was born more than two years ago. Our aim has been to create an impartial and independent breaking news channel for the Arab world across multiple platforms. It has been a huge collaborative team effort resulting in the most technically advanced news operation in the region.
“We have nearly 400 of the best journalists, reporters, presenters, producers and broadcast technicians working together to create an unparalleled news channel.”
The channel will have 12 bureaus across the Arab region as well as in London and Washington, and will draw upon Sky News’ network of bureaus around the world to deliver politics, economics, business, sport, lifestyle, technology and cultural news.
The Sky News Arabia digital news platform has been active since the website, www.skynewsarabia.com, launched in Beta format in February, and social media channels have attracted more than 100,000 fans on Facebook and Twitter.