Alarab News Channel to go on air in Q4 2014
Rebecca Hawkes
| 20 October 2014
Alarab News Channel, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed, is due to go live by the end of the year following the delivery and implementation of its production, broadcast and distribution facilities.

The design, planning and technical integration for the Bahrain-based pan-Arab news broadcaster has now been completed by project manager Qvest Media.

Key features include end-to-end file-based workflows, a high level of automation for all production processes, a centralised media asset management system across all areas of production, as well as HDTV distribution for satellite, multi-platform live streaming and an IPTV solution.

"We want to change the way people think about news broadcasting," said Jamal Khasougji, general manager Alarab TV. "A fundamental part of that is our delivery infrastructure and the solution delivered by Qvest Media will be a key part in our success."

Peter Noethen, managing director, Qvest Media, added: "We provide a highly future-oriented media infrastructure to Alarab for seamless management between all fields of news production. We take into account the most modern forms for IP-based content aggregation and multiple ways for broadcasting such as satellite and online. This helps Alarab to maximise the efficiency of news production and distribution."

Qvest is currently providing Alarab operators, technical and editorial staff with their final stage of training, ahead of the free-to-air satellite news channel's launch in the fourth quarter of 2014.