Studios ready for Alarab news channel launch

Qvest Media has completes project for Alarab News
Prince Alwaleed, the owner of Alarab TV.
Prince Alwaleed, the owner of Alarab TV.


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Qvest Media has announced it has completed its delivery and implementation of all production, broadcast and distribution facilities for the Arab region's latest breaking-news channel, Alarab.

Due to go live later this year, Bahrain-based Alarab will include extensive news programming as well as regular news roundups and business information in association with Bloomberg.

Qvest Media managed all aspects of the project including design, planning and technical integration, the company said in a statement.

The scope included two studios with affiliated control rooms as well as the latest technologies for monitoring, video and graphics editing and editorial processes, it added.

Qvest said the project is one of the most advanced it has delivered and will help Alarab deliver on its promise of creating a fresh style of programming for a new generation of viewers.

End-to-end file-based workflows, a high level of automation for all production processes, a centralised media asset management system across all areas of production, as well as HDTV distribution for satellite, multi-platform live streaming and an IPTV solution are among the key features planned and integrated, Qvest said.

"We want to change the way people think about news broadcasting," said Jamal Khasougji, general manager Alarab TV.

"A fundamental part of that is our delivery infrastructure and the solution delivered by Qvest Media will be a key part in our success."

Peter Noethen, managing director of Qvest Media, added: "We provide a highly future-oriented media infrastructure to Alarab for seamless management between all fields of news production. We take into account the most modern forms for IP-based content aggregation and multiple ways for broadcasting such as satellite and online. This helps Alarab to maximise the efficiency of news production and distribution."

The larger studio will be used for 24-hour rolling news live broadcast while the second studio will be used to produce news features and packages to insert into the rolling news output.

Operators, technical and editorial staff of Alarab are currently undergoing the final stage of training delivered by Qvest Media experts with the channel scheduled to begin broadcasting in Q4.

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