Al Jazeera Sport News goes live for MENA

Rebecca Hawkes | 01-11-2011

The Arab world's first sports news channel has begun broadcasting free to air via Nilesat, 24 hours a day, following its launch today (1 November) by Qatar's Al Jazeera Sport.

"Our new channel will go beyond what happens on the field and bring to the viewers relentless in-depth analysis, reviews and opinions by well-known experts. It will uncover the ins and outs of everything that surrounds and affects sport quickly, accurately and round the clock," said Nasser Bin Ghanem Al Khelaifi, general manager, Al Jazeera Sport.

"Al Jazeera Sport News channel has been in the making for several years, and after huge and extensive efforts by all our staff, we are glad that our vision is becoming a reality".

The launch follows that of Al Jazeera Sport's new digital streaming service on 31 October.

Both services will provide viewers with updates and insight to a range of sports, both internationally and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

It also marks 15 years of service for the Al Jazeera Network, which launched its Arabic language satellite news channel from Doha in 1996. An English language news channel and dedicated children's TV and sports offerings have since followed.

Al Jazeera Sport owns regional broadcast rights to a number of high profile sporting tournaments including football by way of the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, UEFA Euro 2012, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1; plus NBA basketball, and ATP and WTA tennis.

The network is also reportedly keen to win the rights to the English Premier League, which are currently held in the MENA region by Abu Dhabi Media for its Abu Dhabi Sports channels.