Jordan TV to develop third channel

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 10 February 2015

Government-owned broadcaster Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTVC) is to launch a third channel, subject to funding approval.

"The new channel will focus on broadcasting youth, family and drama programmes," JRTVC director Ramadan Rawashdeh told The Jordan Times.

Formed in 1985 from the merger of Jordan Radio and Jordan Television, JRTV currently broadcasts Al Urdunniyya (The Jordanian) satellite channel and a dedicated sports channel. The third channel will cater to a regional Arab audience, Rawashdeh added.

The budget for the new channel, which will reportedly employ around 170 staff, is yet to be determined as it must first be sent to the Lower House for deliberation and endorsement.

The budget for JRTVC in 2015 stands at JOD3 million (US$4.23 million) with the corporation's revenues in 2014 reaching around JD4 million ($5.64 million), Rawashdeh said.