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Sky to launch Arabic TV news channel in May

Sky News announced on Tuesday the launch of its new Arabic-language TV news channel as of next month

AP, Tuesday 3 Apr 2012
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A new Arabic-language TV news channel with links to media magnate Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday it plans to begin broadcasting next month.

The announcement of the May 6 launch comes after more than two years of preparation for Sky News Arabia to join the increasingly crowded Arabic news market. It is also a boost for Abu Dhabi's efforts to challenge Dubai as a regional media hub.

The channel is a joint partnership between the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. and British Sky Broadcasting, whose biggest shareholder is Murdoch's News Corp. But Sky News Arabia has a staff and news managers separate from Sky's London's headquarters, the company said.

The channel would compete against established pan-Arab networks such as Qatar-based Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya in Dubai. Last year, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said he plans to start an Arabic television news channel that will be based in Bahrain.

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