New Arabic news channel to compete with Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya?

Posted: 28 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Bloomberg Businessweek, 26 Apr 2010, Glen Carey: "Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal ... said today he may start a regional news channel to compete with the Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera satellite channels. The channel 'is something I will be doing personally' because it 'needs a lot of investments up front,' he said. ... The news channel would borrow from the business model used at Murdoch’s Fox and Sky News channels while broadcasting different content in the Middle East, Alwaleed said."
   Middle East Online, 27 Apr 2010, Iqbal Tamimi: "According to Bloomberg, the new news channel would borrow from the business model used at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox and Sky News channels while broadcasting different content in the Middle East. This is bad news for the Arab audience, since both channels mentioned are seen as biased and degrading towards Arabs and Muslims since they project the image of Arabs and Muslims as terrorists ignorant savages, guilty until proven innocent while at the same time Murdoch never miss an opportunity without declaring his total support of Israel. How will Alwaleed’s news channel deal with such issues, how will he deal with Saudi related controversial issues of breaches of human rights? Who is going to be in the driving seat? Is he going to be in the front seat while Murdoch is driving from the back by remote control?"