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BBC News Arabic goes HD

January 22, 2020

By Chris Forrester

The BBC’s Arabic News channel is now broadcasting exclusively on Arabsat over the MENA region as well as for European viewers on BADR-4 from 26 degrees East.

BBC News Arabic television has signed another long-term agreement with Arabsat to launch exclusively their first Arabic news channel in high resolution to the region, onboard BADR-4.

The HD FTA channel will join the same video neighbourhood with its sister channel BBC News Arabic SD, and among other leading international and regional news channels, which can be received across the region with the minimum receive dish size.

Sam Farah, Head of BBC News Arabic said: “I am very pleased BBC audiences can now watch BBC News Arabic TV in high resolution across the Middle East, and elsewhere in Europe. It’s never been more important for people to be able to turn to trusted, independent news providers, and it is very exciting that our audience can now tune into BBC News Arabic’s award-winning journalism in HD quality.”

Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President/CEO said: “This new agreement with BBC News Arabic will enrich the audiences experience in MENA region, and matches Arabsat strategy to continue being the leading HD neighbourhood for Middle East & North Africa. BBC News Arabic is one of the pioneer channels to broadcast in Arabic language and we are delighted to be the first choice every time the channel wants to increase its presence across the region. Exclusively broadcasting in HD format, is something unique and significant to this strategic partnership.”

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