Sky News Arabia will go live at 8pm local time today evening. The 24-hour Arabic channel is a joint venture between BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp.
Commenting on the launch Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia said, “The key objective of any news organisation is to provide accurate, independent breaking news 24 hours a day to widest possible audience. With these distribution deals Sky News Arabia can deliver on that promise, online, on mobile and tablet devices and with the widest reach on television.”
Earlier in the year, in February, the channel unveiled the names of its six news anchors including former Al Jazeera reporter Amr Abdelhamid and Fadila Souissi, who prior to her appointment hosted Mouthir Lili Jadal, a socio-political weekly show on Abu Dhabi TV.
The service, which is also available online, on smartphones and tablets, is supported by 400 editorial staff across 12 bureaus.
Sky News Arabia will be broadcast free-to-air on Nilesat 201, Transponder 14 and on ArabsatBadr 4, Transponder 15. In addition the channel will be available on OSN channel 122 in HD and 123 in SD, Etisalat eLife channel 234 and du channel 16.