Britain's Sky News has announced the launch date for its 24-hour Arabic news channel, which will be based in the United Arab Emirates. The rolling news channel will begin broadcasting on Sunday, 6 May.
Sky News Arabia joins the BBC, Al Jazeera, Al Arabeya and France 24
in providing round-the-clock news in Arabic.
The launch date announcement was made during a press conference
held by head of the channel
Nart Bouran in the studios in Abu Dhabi, according to a
The channel, which will employ 400 journalists including 16
presenters, "promises a new horizon for news reporting across the
Arab world", the broadcaster said.
Sky News Arabia will have 12 bureaus across the region, as well as
drawing on those in London and Washington, plus its network of
bureaus around the world.
Bouran said in a statement: "Sky News Arabia will offer the MENA
[Middle East and North Africa] region a fresh approach to
television news with an independent editorial mandate at the heart
of everything we do.
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