CNN International is now available across the Middle East and North Africa via Arabsat BADR-6 satellite. The development follows an agreement between parent CNN’s company Turner Broadcasting and Arabsat.
The agreement gives Middle Eastern audiences the opportunity to watch CNN International’s mix of breaking news and news, business, sports and feature programming via the minimum dish size.
CNN International has dedicated editorial and broadcast hubs in London, Atlanta, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, and provides round-the-clock coverage of the most important international stories for its diverse global audience.
“After being present in the region for many years we’re delighted to expand our reach in the Middle East still further through this new partnership with Arabsat,” said Rani R. Raad, chief commercial officer CNN International.
“As the region’s leading international news provider this is just our latest commitment to ensuring CNN is widely available in the region and we’re very pleased to welcome Arabsat viewers to the channel.”
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO of Arabsat, said: “It was always our ambition in Arabsat to bring CNNI on board. CNN has a long and professional history of covering the Middle East news and critical events. We are pleased to deliver CNNI to Arabsat viewers across the Middle East and North Africa combined with an extensive offering and wide varieties of the prime free-to-air international and regional news channel on ARABSAT hotspot at 26? E.”
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CNN International’s arrival on Arabsat comes as the latest signal of CNN’s commitment to the Middle East region. The CNN Abu Dhabi bureau is home to flagship weekday show Connect the World with Becky Anderson and a number of locally produced feature shows dedicated to the region, and the CNN Arabic website based in Dubai was relaunched last year for its users with a refreshed responsive format.
The network operates a number of news gathering bureaux in the region. CNN has a portfolio of important commercial partnerships across the region and recently chose the Middle East for its first CNN Traveller café, based at Abu Dhabi Airport.
CNN can be viewed on:
ARABSAT BADR-6 at 26? E
Frequency: 11,785 MHz (Vertical)
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