Monday, December 22, 2003

Saudi to start own news station

Saudi Arabia is starting its own TV news station:

Saudi Arabia will launch its own satellite news TV channel early next year, it was announced yesterday. Culture and Information Minister Dr. Fouad Al-Farsy said the new channel would offer continuous coverage of international news and current affairs.

“Preparations for the launch of the channel... are in the final stages. The channel will start satellite transmission by the middle of the Hijri month of Dul Qaada,” the minister said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

He said the channel would strive for credibility and a swift response to news of national, Arab and international importance. A portion of programs would be devoted to covering events in the Kingdom, he added. Al-Farsy said the channel would air live talk shows about topical issues in addition to recorded programs on the Kingdom and other countries.


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