BBC World News has launched in HD across the Middle East this week, with the first HD broadcasts starting on Arabsat from August 5.
Arabsat is the BBC's first distribution partner in the Middle East to offer the award-winning news channel in HD, the BBC said in a statement. "This deal will give Middle Eastern audiences the opportunity to watch in HD the BBC's on-going coverage of key global issues, as well as some of its best international news, documentaries, entertainment and arts programming," the statement added.
In January, BBC World News unveiled its new look, following a re-launch from the heart of the BBC Newsroom at Broadcasting House in central London.
Colin Lawrence, distribution director for BBC Global News Ltd, said: "We are pleased to be able to partner with Arabsat to launch BBC World News HD across the Middle East, bringing our audience closer to the news than ever before.
"BBC World News HD will showcase our commitment to impartial and high quality journalism, and will showcase our news programmes at their best."
Khalid Balkheyour, president & CEO of ARABSAT, added: "We are very proud of the long term partnership with BBC and value their confidence in ARABSAT. We are pleased to be the first satellite operator to bring BBC World News HD to its viewers in the region. Known for its professionalism and impartiality, the BBC enjoys a very good reputation and a wide range of viewers and followers in the Middle East ."