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BBC Arabic Renews Agreement With Arabsat

Artist’s conception of the Badr-4 satellite operated by Arabsat. Image courtesy of Astrium.

BBC Arabic Television, the BBC’s news and information channel in the Arabic language, and Arabsat, the leading satellite operator in the Middle East and North Africa, announce the long term renewal of their agreement on Arabsat BADR-4  at 26°E which covers the entire Middle East and North Africa region and most of Western Europe.

The service will continue to be offered on its current frequency on Arabsat BADR-4 among many other leading international and regional news channels, which can be received through the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe with the minimum receiver dish size.

BBC Arabic is pleased to extend its commitment to Arabsat at 26°E as a key means of reaching its audience across North Africa and in the Middle East. This new contract will extend the partnership to 15 years of delivery of our free to air radio and television services. Sam Farah, Head of BBC Arabic said: “It is good news that we are continuing this partnership and continuing to reach our audiences in these places. BBC Arabic TV will be bringing viewers new programmes as well as their existing favourite flagship shows.”

“We are thrilled to extend our long partnership and cooperation with BBC Arabic, one of the most trusted news brands, and look forward to continue to offer their unique expertise in bringing the key stories of the region and the world to Arab audiences,” said Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President and CEO. “This move supports our content strategy to deliver specialized video frequencies reflecting market demand to Arabsat audiences across the MENA and Europe and ensuring the best Free-To-Air viewing experience at home.”

About the Arabsat BBC Arabic frequency:

Satellite: Arabsat BADR-4 @ 26° East
Coverage: MENA and Europe
Frequency: 11996 MHz
Polarity: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 3/4
Transmission: DVB-S
Modulation: QPSK
Neighbouring News channels: France 24 Arabic, France 24 English, France 24 French, DW Arabia, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Arabia, Africa 24, and RTI.

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