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Arabsat and BBC Arabic announce renewal of their agreement

(4 October 2017 - Artabsat) BBC Arabic television – the BBC's news and information channel in the Arabic language & Arabsat -the leading satellite operator in the Middle East & North Africa announce the long term renewal of their agreement on Arabsat BADR-4 at 26°E which covers the entire MENA region and most of Western Europe.

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

BBC Arabic Statement:

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.” Says Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President & CEO. “This move supports our content strategy to deliver specialized video frequencies reflecting market demand to Arabsat audience across the MENA & Europe and ensuring the best Free-To-Air viewing experience at home.”

About Arabsat BBC Arabic frequency:

Satellite: Arabsat BADR-4 @ 26° East
Coverage: MENA & 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 & RTI.

About Arabsat

Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years, operating from its headquarter in Riyadh-KSA and two Satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis. Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-tv networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26° E. Operating a growing fleet of owned satellites at the 20°E, 26°E, 30.5°E, 39°E and 44.5°E, ARABSAT is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecommunications and Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launching of new satellites, making ARABSAT satellites’ fleet the youngest in the region. Arabsat also maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world's leading satellite companies and VAS integrators and with the acquisition of Hellas Sat, one of the leading telecom groups in southeastern Europe. These partnerships and acquisitions continue to expand Arabsat's reach with new orbital slots and frequency rights, allowing customers to reach farther than ever and deliver content and state-of-the-art solutions to any end viewers audience or business partner around the world.

About BBC Arabic

BBC Arabic is a multimedia service, available on TV, radio, online and social media. BBC Arabic covers political, social, and cultural issues and brings impartial, balanced and accurate news that matters to its diverse audiences across the world. BBC Arabic has a weekly audience of 43 million people and is available on, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, Telegram, Pinterest, Vine, Instagram, Soundcloud and Periscope.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and over 30 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 269 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 346 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and The BBC World Service is currently launching new languages which include - Gujarati, Igbo, Marathi, Punjabi, Serbian, Telugu and Yoruba.