The BBC through the BBC World Service has renewed its agreement with Arabsat to reach Middle East listeners. The period of renewal nor the costs involved were disclosed.
Recent reconfiguration of the Arabsat bouquet means that established BBC listeners via Arabsat will need to retune their receivers for continued digital broadcast reception. The BBC services are available on the multiplex operating frequency 11.861 MHz, FEC 3/4 Symbol rate 27 500. The channel IDs are 20 for BBC Arabic and 21 for BBC English.
Audiences listening to English broadcasts can continue to enjoy the BBC’s flagship programs Newshour and Outlook.
The BBC World Service promotes interactive contact in the program "Have Your Say" - the daily multimedia phone-in program encouraging people across the world to question experts and leading international figures in the news.
The most listened to BBC program in Arabic is the morning flagship news program "The World This Morning" (Al-alam hatha al-sabah) which sets the day’s agenda every morning, seven days a week, and Discussion Point (Nuqtat Hewar), the place to exchange opinions and share views on a wide range of issues for Arab speakers across the world.