Yahlive brings BBC Persian, BBC Arabic to its MENA platform
Rebecca Hawkes
| 15 September 2014
UAE broadcaster Yahlive is adding the BBC Persian and BBC Arabic TV channels to its satellite platform for the Middle East, North Africa and South West Asia in October 2014.

The free-to-air (FTA) platform, which broadcasts via the Yahsat satellite located at 52.5° East, now comprises over 110 channels in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). Content on the Yahlive platform is in Arabic, Farsi and English.

"We look forward to having BBC Persian and BBC Arabic on board, as part of Yahlive's fast growing satellite platform. Over the past year, we have seen exceptional popularity for our East Beam service, as a focus for regional high quality Farsi content, as we commit to meeting the needs of regional audiences, said Sami Boustany, CEO, Yahlive.

Behrouz Afagh, head of journalism for BBC World Service in the Near East, West & Central Asia added: "Audiences for BBC Arabic and BBC Persian have doubled over the last five years across all platforms. We're delighted that Yahlive will feature our channels, allowing even more viewers and listeners to enjoy the wide range of news, business, sport and documentary programming on the BBC World Service."

Yahlive – a joint venture between the satellite operators Yahsat and SES – is also adding radio programming from BBC Arabic and from the BBC's Afghan service – with a mixture of Pashto, Dari and Farsi programming.