BSkyB considers Arabic news service

BSkyB is in talks to broadcast a 24-hour rolling news service in Arabic, based in Abu Dhabi, as part of a joint venture with a local private investor, according to reports.

Entering a highly competitive market, the satellite channel would launch under the Sky News name and be the UK broadcaster’s first venture into a territory outside the UK. 

Discussions are at a relatively early stage, but the channel would launch within two years if the talks succeed. News Corp (39% owner of Sky) has close links with the Saudi Rotana media group.

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