CNNI seals Middle East capacity deal with Arabsat

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 28 April 2015

CNN International has expanded its reach across the Middle East via Arabsat's BADR-6 satellite, providing 24-hour English language news coverage.

"As the region's leading international news provider this is just our latest commitment to ensuring CNN is widely available in the region and we're very pleased to welcome Arabsat viewers to the channel," said Rani R. Raad, chief commercial officer, CNN International.

Khalid Balkheyour, president & CEO, Arabsat , added: "It was always our ambition in Arabsat to bring CNNI on board. CNN has a long and professional history of covering the Middle East news and critical events. We are pleased to deliver CNNI to Arabsat viewers across the Middle East and North Africa combined with an extensive offering and wide varieties of the prime free-to-air international and regional news channel on Arabsat hotspot at 26 degrees E."

The Turner Broadcasting-owned satellite TV network has international bureaux in London, Atlanta, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong.

CNN's Abu Dhabi studio is home to weekday show Connect the World with Becky Anderson among other regionally-focussed shows, and the Dubai-based CNN Arabic website was relaunched in 2014.