BBC to set up new Arab News channel

#1
Seriously what's the point of the new channel? I would say the market is already too crowded, the BBC had its chance but screwed it up.
I understand that it's a BBC venture but what's to stop its Arab competitors labelling it as the new Al Hurra? (The American Government funded channel). The new initiative just seems to be another example of the BBC wasting taxpayers money.

BBC News Story

World Service 'set for Arabic TV'
The BBC World Service is expected to confirm plans later to set up a 24-hour television news channel in Arabic.
It would be the first publicly funded international television service launched by the BBC.

The corporation is expected to close 10 foreign language services, mostly in central Europe, to pay for it.

The World Service provides news in English and 42 other languages and is funded by a parliamentary grant, administered by the Foreign Office.

The worldwide audience for the English language service is estimated at 45 million.

BBC Radio Five Live said the Arabic channel was expected to cost about £20m and could lead to 200 post closures.

The World Service is believed to be informing staff of the plans and is expected to make an official announcement later on Tuesday.
 
#2
castlereagh said:
Seriously what's the point of the new channel? I would say the market is already too crowded, the BBC had its chance but screwed it up.
I understand that it's a BBC venture but what's to stop its Arab competitors labelling it as the new Al Hurra? (The American Government funded channel). The new initiative just seems to be another example of the BBC wasting taxpayers money.

BBC News Story

World Service 'set for Arabic TV'
The BBC World Service is expected to confirm plans later to set up a 24-hour television news channel in Arabic.
It would be the first publicly funded international television service launched by the BBC.

The corporation is expected to close 10 foreign language services, mostly in central Europe, to pay for it.

The World Service provides news in English and 42 other languages and is funded by a parliamentary grant, administered by the Foreign Office.

The worldwide audience for the English language service is estimated at 45 million.

BBC Radio Five Live said the Arabic channel was expected to cost about £20m and could lead to 200 post closures.

The World Service is believed to be informing staff of the plans and is expected to make an official announcement later on Tuesday.
The fact that BEEB are world famous for their impartiality and high standard of reporting perhaps? Couldn't say that about 1 yank news channel.
 
#3
Agent_Smith said:
The fact that BEEB are world famous for their impartiality and high standard of reporting perhaps? Couldn't say that about 1 yank news channel.
But I thought the BBC were a bunch of liberal, guardian readers who hated Britain? - Ahh perfect for the Arab world ! :twisted:

I just think that the chances of this venture succeeding are virtually zero, it may draw a tiny and devoted following but its never going to compete with Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya or Abu Dhabi. It's never going to be an opinion former, especially when it will be competing with local channels (Al Manar, LebSat) aswell as Pan Arab ones.
It's budget of £20 million is therefore nothing, the American channel Al Hurrah's annual budget is $100 million. The reputation of the BBC therefore is not enough for this venture to succeed imho.
 
#4
castlereagh said:
Seriously what's the point of the new channel? I would say the market is already too crowded...
In Soviet times, radio BBC-Russian was a very important news-source (at least for me, a student then). Unlike Voice of America and CIA-sponsored Radio Freedom it was (almost) unbiased.

Btw, international TV-news channel 'Russia today' has been created recently (and soon will function) and many journalists from BBC will work here. There will be complete international news-block on this channel along with events in Russia. I guess that the channel will have many listeners and BBC-Arabian TV too.
 
#5
KGB_resident said:
castlereagh said:
Seriously what's the point of the new channel? I would say the market is already too crowded...
In Soviet times, radio BBC-Russian was a very important news-source (at least for me, a student then). Unlike Voice of America and CIA-sponsored Radio Freedom it was (almost) unbiased..
But those were the days before media proliferation, back then even in 'free' countries your access to news sources was rather limited.
Nowaday you have access to multiple news sources on multiple mediums (Newspaper, Radio, Tv and Internet) this is true even in places like the Middle East. Also considering the post Hutton climate can the BBC really claim to a impartial news service free from the demands and pressures of the British government ?

Btw, international TV-news channel 'Russia today' has been created recently (and soon will function) and many journalists from BBC will work here. There will be complete international news-block on this channel along with events in Russia. I guess that the channel will have many listeners and BBC-Arabian TV too
Thanks for that, looked at the channel's website: Russia Today. It would be interesting to see it on screen.
 
#6
castlereagh said:
KGB_resident said:
castlereagh said:
Seriously what's the point of the new channel? I would say the market is already too crowded...
In Soviet times, radio BBC-Russian was a very important news-source (at least for me, a student then). Unlike Voice of America and CIA-sponsored Radio Freedom it was (almost) unbiased..
But those were the days before media proliferation, back then even in 'free' countries your access to news sources was rather limited.
Nowaday you have access to multiple news sources on multiple mediums (Newspaper, Radio, Tv and Internet) this is true even in places like the Middle East. Also considering the post Hutton climate can the BBC really claim to a impartial news service free from the demands and pressures of the British government ?

Btw, international TV-news channel 'Russia today' has been created recently (and soon will function) and many journalists from BBC will work here. There will be complete international news-block on this channel along with events in Russia. I guess that the channel will have many listeners and BBC-Arabian TV too
Thanks for that, looked at the chanel's website: Russia Today. It would be interesting to see it on screen.
For many TV is the only news-source and I believe that BBC-Arabian would be very popular. At least BBC tries to be unbiased while all mentioned Arab-language global TV-channels are obviously biased.
 

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