Bahrain plans new TV channel and media city

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 19-10-2011

A new international television channel and a media city development are on the cards for Bahrain, according to the Gulf state's news agency.
The satellite channel, which would broadcast to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe via Eutelsat's Hotbird, has been announced by Shaikh Fawaz Bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, president of Bahrain's Information Affairs Authority (IAA).
"The new channel will be launched officially within weeks as part of IAA efforts to highlight facts and truths abroad," said Shaikh Fawaz. "It will promote quality programmes and will focus on Bahraini issues."
Bahraini media attaches have been appointed in Washington, London, Paris and Brussels, according to the report, with more global appointments expected to improve relations with the international community.
The existing state channel, Bahrain Satellite TV, broadcasts via both Eutelsat and Nilesat.
The development of a media city in Manama would also boost openness and attract foreign players to the Gulf island state, according to the Bahrain News Agency. It would also provide an opportunity for private investment in the media sector, said Shaikh Fawaz.
The news follows a recent announcement that Bahrain's Gulf neighbour Qatar is also to establish a media city.