Lebanon's Murr TV will go back on air

Murr TV (confusingly known as MTV in the Lebanon) says it will go back on air at the end of March. It closed in Sept 2002 following a government ban. The channelís web-site talks of it representing the silent majority of Lebanese and of transmissions recommencing on March 31.

ďIt will be a voice to serve freedom, and air the voice of the silent majority of all sects, regions and parties," said Michel Gabriel Murr, the stationís chairman and GM. "We will not be [backing any political group], and we will be neutral and realistic about all topics, from traffic lights to defence strategy."

A general election is scheduled for the Lebanon in June. It is not yet known whether transmissions will be limited to the stationís terrestrial output or whether it will go on to return to satellite broadcasting.