Rebecca Hawkes | 02-08-2013
Saudi-based satellite operator Arabsat is to begin distributing BBC World News in high definition (HD) for the first time in the Middle East on 5 August.
"We are pleased to be able to partner with Arabsat to launch BBC World News HD across the Middle East, bringing our audience closer to the news than ever before," said Colin Lawrence, distribution director, BBC Global News.
"BBC World News HD will showcase our commitment to impartial and high quality journalism, and will showcase our news programmes at their best."
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO of Arabsat, added: "We are very proud of the long-term partnership with BBC and value their confidence in Arabsat. We are pleased to be the first satellite operator to bring BBC World News HD to its viewers in the region. Known for its professionalism and impartiality, the BBC enjoys a very good reputation and a wide range of viewers and followers in the Middle East".
The British news channel was relaunched in January 2013, and now features a new daily programme called Global, presented by veteran BBC anchor and reporter Jon Sopel. Australian international journalist Yalda Hakim has also joined the BBC World News line-up, and her recent Our World programmes have focused on Iraq, Ban[IMG]http://www.***************/images/smilies/36_1_33.gif[/IMG]esh and Yemen.
BBC World News, which broadcasts in English, is available in the Middle East via the Arabsat Badr 6 satellite.