Sky News Arabia, a 24-hour Arabic language multi-platform news service, will launch on May 6 it has been announced.
The channel promises to be a “new horizon” for news reporting across the Arab world, and will be available on Transponder 14 on Arabsat Badr 4, Transponder 15 on Nilesat 201, on du IPTV and e-Life platforms plus in High Definition (HD) via OSN’s pay-TV platform.
Commenting on the launch Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia said, “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 is supported by an Editorial Advisory Committee (a first for the region) to ensure Sky News Arabia delivers fair, accurate, consistent and independent news. Bouran added, “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 Editorial Advisory Committee consists of members from the UK, US and UAE. The committee members are Dr Sulaiman Al Hattlan, Chief Executive, Arab Strategy Forum, Roger Alton, Executive Editor, The Times, Chris Birkett, Executive Editor, Sky News, Ahmed Al Blooshi, Director General, Emirates Media Inc, Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia, Martin Edelman, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP and James Zogby, Author of Arab Voices and Founder & President of the Arab American Institute.
Ahead of its official launch on May 6, the broadcast platform has been running 24-hour rehearsals. The Sky News Arabia digital news platform (www.skynewsarabia.com) has been active since February this year and is said to have garnered plenty of interest from social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. The platform recently announced 16 presenters across the MENA region who will anchor the channel.