German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has begun broadcasting its new television channel for the Arab world, DW-TV Arabia.
Audiences from Morocco to Oman can tune in to a six-hour block in Arabic, always in primetime throughout the region. DW-TV Arabia will inform its viewers about the most important developments in Arab countries, Germany and the rest of the world.
English-language programming will complete the channel’s 24-hour line-up. Up until now, the schedule alternated hourly between Arabic, or German with Arabic subtitles, and English.
The core of the new DW-TV Arabia schedule is made up of four 30-minute segments of Journal, Deutsche Welle’s news flagship. There will also be Arabic versions of Arts.21 and Global 3000. In addition to Quadriga, there will be four new talk shows added to the mix. These will all be conducted and broadcast in Arabic and offer viewers the chance to participate while shedding light on the changes in the Arab world.
Shababtalk is a co-production with Al Hayah TV, the leading station in Egypt. Young representatives from the democratic movement in Egypt join in on discussions with their German counterparts from youth organizations, political parties and other associations.
On the Pulse brings Arab and German experts together to discuss issues related to democratization, politics, economics, the role of the government, justice and religion. Other programmes include Talking to the Press and Guest of the Week.
“With DW-TV Arabia’s consolidated schedule, we are offering attractive programming in Arabic for our target audience between Morocco and the UAE,” said Deutsche Welle’s director of television, Christoph Lanz. “In an era of such political instability, we are meeting the needs of our viewers by offering reliable news, insights and information.”
Deutsche Welle began broadcasting in Arabic in 2002 with a two-hour block, which has been continuously expanded over the years. DW-TV Arabia can be received via Nilesat and Arabsat/Badr 4 between Morocco and Oman as well as in Europe.