Sky News Arabia rolls out more anchors as 24hr rehearsals begin

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 27-03-2012

Sky News Arabia, the new Arabic rolling news channel, has selected ten more presenters from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) prior to its launch this spring.
"As the channel launch draws closer, we are delighted to announce our second batch of presenters. I believe the line-up is a good representation of the Arab region and I know each will play a vital role in the success of Sky News Arabia," said Nart Bouran, head of Sky News Arabia.
"With all of our staff now in place, we are really gearing up to launch. This challenging move, ahead of schedule, will test our resources - technical and editorial - to the maximum as we prepare ourselves for the task of running a 24-hour news operation. It's a very exciting time," Bouran added.
The Abu Dhabi-based broadcaster - a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Company (ADMIC) and British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) - is now in 24-hour rehearsal mode, ahead of its launch free to air via satellite across the MENA region.
The latest anchors to be announced include: Mohannad Al Khatib, who previously worked as a radio broadcaster the Voice of America in Washington DC, a communications officer for UNICEF, a Beirut-based talk show host for MBC, and a news anchor for both Al Arabiya and Future TV.
Hassina Ouchene has previously worked as a reporter and presenter with Algerian Radio, Algerian Television, Al Aan TV and Al Arabiya TV; while Jarir Dababneh's broadcast journalism background has seen him work for Jordan TV, Al-Libiyah TV, Egypt TV, and two international broadcasters based in Jordan, while also acting as a correspondent for the Jordanian Prime Ministry Media Office.
Dalia Abdalla's broadcast background is with Russia Today TV, where she has served as a deputy chief editor, and a presenter for a youth programme; while Darwish Al Taweel, an Emirati, has worked as a presenter for Sama Dubai, Baynounah Media Group, and most recently Abu Dhabi TV.
Alma Intabli was initially a news editor for Al Arabiya's website, but moved on to become a presenter for Al Arabiya TV; Imane Lahrache was business and news presenter at Russiya Alyawm TV, following experience gained in at various Moroccan radio stations; and Osama Khamayseh previously worked as a news presenter at both Jordan TV and Al Aan TV.
Seza Armenazi was the Istanbul-based reporter for Qatar TV, Kuwait TV and Abu Dhabi TV, before joining the Etturkiye Arabic news channel; and Maya Raydan has edited and presented news for The People Radio Station in Lebanon, Sawa Radio in the UAE, as well as editing the Business Pioneer and Al Iktissad wal Aamal magazines, prior to working as a reporter for Dubai TV in Beirut.