Etisalat, the UAE telecom group, has announced the launch of Israel-based network i24NEWS on eLife and Switch TV, to be included in the services basic package at no extra cost. This makes i24NEWS the first channel broadcast from Israel and available in the United Arab Emirates.
The partnership between Etisalat and i24NEWS comes after the UAE signed a peace agreement to normalise ties with Israel in September.
i24NEWS is an international news network that operates three channels: Arabic, English and French. Launched in July 2013, it broadcasts international news alongside extensive coverage of the Middle East and Israel, from its Jaffa Port main studios and studios in the US and Europe. i24NEWS is part of the Altice Group.
Frank Melloul, i24NEWS’s founder and CEO, commented: “Thanks to the changes in the region, news teams in the Middle East will be able to cover events from a variety of angles, and at i24NEWS we take pride in being the first to provide this full picture to viewers worldwide, and now in the UAE. As we keep developing our content to our loyal audience, we continuously reach new viewers and increase our distribution. We thank Etisalat for a groundbreaking move, which is an expression of the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”