Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Arabsat Broadcasts WRN's Sawt Al Alam

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- The London-based, international broadcaster and transmission service provider, World Radio News (WRN) ventures into Arabic language broadcasting with its latest project.

On July 1, WRN launched on Arabsat's BADR-2 broadcast satellite with a 24/7 radio news channel in Arabic.

The digital broadcast schedule is comprised of segments produced by the Arabic sections of international broadcasters relaying those broadcasts intended for consumption in the Middle East and North Africa. Already participating are: from Montreal, Radio Canada International; Seoul, Korean Broadcasting System World Radio; Moscow with Voice of Russia; Bucharest with Radio Romania International and from the Vatican City with Vatican Radio.

The World Radio Network channel has been named, Sawt Al Alam or "Voice of the World".

Eng. Khalid Balkhyour, Arabsat President & CEO, is supporting the WRN initiative. He welcomes the new 'highly innovative radio program' as an original and complementary addition to Arabsat's extensive free-to- air offerings.

Sawt Al Alam is broadcast on the 11.661Mhz transponder on BADR-2 satellite.

The WRN service joins an already expanding presence of broadcasters from outside the region using satellite to reach audiences, most noticeably the presence of the US funded Radio Sawa and the expanded BBC Arabic service.

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