Sky News Arabia moves into hitech studio
Abu Dhabi, February 8, 2012
Sky News Arabia, the free-to-air Arabic rolling news channel set for launch this spring, said it has moved the editorial and operational teams into its newly-built hitech studio site in Abu Dhabi.
Set up as a JV between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Company and the British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), Sky News Arabia is based in Abu Dhabi and will broadcast to over 50 million homes in the region.
The new studio and production facilities are considered to be the most advanced in the region, said a company statement.
The channel will deliver breaking news in both HD and SD formats focusing on the Arab world via twelve dedicated bureaus across the region and globally, as well as access to Sky News’ international bureau network, it added.
Nart Bouran, head of Sky News Arabia, said: "The move to the new site is a significant milestone in the Sky News Arabia launch plan, launch plan. We are already carrying out technical rehearsals and will start with full studio rehearsals later this month."
"Our investment in this high-tech studio complex affirms our commitment to provide fast, fresh live, evolving news across our multiple platforms - television, tablet, mobile and online," he noted.
Since last April the technical integration process at the new studio complex, which is now located inside twofour54 the Abu Dhabi media hub, has been supported by Television Systems Limited (TSL), who have worked closely with Sky News Arabia’s engineering team on the design.
Last month, TSL handed over the broadcast system including 208 km of cables into the facility, in addition to over 100 tonnes of broadcast equipment.
“We have appointed a great mix of talented presenters who will be engaged through multimedia platforms in advance of the TV launch. The technical operation we have delivered will allow each presenter to deliver a vibrant and fresh format in news delivery,” said Bouran.-TradeArabia News Service