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November 29, 2010

Sky News Arabic to launch in 2012

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by Brian Turner

BSkyB will launch a new Arabic language news channel from 2012, it was announced today, under the provisional title of Sky News Arabic.

The channel will be free-to-air, available worldwide, and broadcast over the full 24 hours.

The new channel will be a join 50-50 venture between BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. (ADMIC) which is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who may be more familiar as the owner of Manchester City football club.

The new news channel will broadcast under the Sky News brand, but will be based in Abu Dhabi. It will also have offices in London, Washington, and have access to the global network of Sky News reporters.

It is expected that the new Sky News Arabic channel will compete directly with both Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, as well as the BBC’s own Arabaic news channel provided by the world service.

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