Sky News Arabia begins rehearsals and is set for spring launch.

Posted: 13 Feb 2012

The National, 9 Feb 2012, Ben Flanagan: "Sky News Arabia, the Arabic TV news station scheduled for launch this spring, has moved into its Abu Dhabi studio and says rehearsals will begin this month. ... [Nart Bouran, the head of Sky News Arabia] said that the launch of the free-to-air station, set for the spring, was on track. He declined to specify a date, although industry sources say the channel is likely to begin broadcasting in April. ... The line-up of 22 presenters will be announced soon - and will include some well-known names, he added. 'There are some household names, some fresh faces, and some well-known faces. It's a good mix of people from all over … the Arab world,' Mr Bouran said. Sky News Arabia will vie for audience share and advertising revenues with the two incumbent news stations, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. It will also compete with Alarab, a station being launched by the Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, which is set to launch in December and will be based in Bahrain. ... The Arabic-language station will have 12 dedicated bureaus, in cities such as Cairo, London, Washington, Beirut, Baghdad, Islamabad and Gaza. ... 'but we also have nine Sky UK bureaus that we're connected with.'"

AMEinfo, 9 Deb 2012: "Sky News Arabia will broadcast from a single large studio, housing a number of permanent sets dedicated to different programs, providing seamless flow from one area and presenter to another, giving production directors maximum flexibility over their 11 cameras. A massive 10 meter wide video wall will be employed to visually aid in-depth analysis of stories being covered."

Arab News, 8 Feb 2012: "Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), met with Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, Ali Rowghani, CFO of Twitter and Suhail Rizvi from Twitter at The Plaza Hotel in New York earlier this week during Prince Alwaleed’s trip to the US. Prince Alwaleed was accompanied by Jamal Khashoggi, general manager of Alarab news channel that is privately owned by Prince Alwaleed and Ms. Heba Fatani, senior executive manager, Corporate Communications Department, KHC. During the meeting, Costolo thanked the Prince for giving him the opportunity to meet with him. Moreover, the two discussed the collaboration between Prince Alwaleed and Kingdom Holding's combined investment of $300 million in Twitter that was announced in December 2011."

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