Mid East & Africa

Al Arabiya News launches BlackBerry app

Faisal Abbas (second from left) with Blackberry's Rami Alzoubi & Eric Johnson, and journalist Stephanie Farah at the launch.

Al Arabiya News, the English language platform of the Al Arabiya News Channel, has launched an app for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The app is available through… Read more

Mobile African spectrum land-grab could threaten vital services, says report


A spectrum grab in Africa by the global wireless industry could undercut the continent’s economies, and pose a threat social and public safety services by… Read more

Trace extends Trace Sport Stars deal with MultiChoice


Europe-based channel group Trace said it will “significantly increase” the reach of Trace Sport Stars in the African market, after extending its deal with pay… Read more

MENA consumers use web more than TV for news

Ian Phillips

Consumers in the Middle East and North Africa access news across a range of platforms, though the web is now more widely used than TV… Read more

iSAT Africa signs capacity deal with Gazprom Space Systems

ISAT africa2

Satellite service provider iSAT Africa has signed a network capacity deal with Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems for the Democratic Republic of Congo and… Read more

Nick Jr and Nicktoons debut in Africa

Aletta Alberts

Viacom has launched kids channels Nick Jr and Nicktoons in Africa for the first time on MultiChoice’s DStv platform and has extended the reach of… Read more

UAE-based Yahlive adds BBC Persian and BBC Arabic


United Arab Emirates-based satellite broadcasting company, Yahlive, is adding the TV channels BBC Persian and BBC Arabic, to its platform from October 2014.  The Farsi- and Arabic-language BBC World Service news… Read more

Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition adds six members

The WWE is one of six new members of the anti-piracy coalition

The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has added six new members to its ranks, following its second meeting, which took place in Cairo. The new members… Read more

Caleb Weinstein joins Fox International Channels

Caleb Weinstein

Former Amazon, Discovery and Viacom executive Caleb Weinstein has resurfaced at Fox International Channels. He will oversee distribution of FIC’s channels in Europe and Africa… Read more

Selevision teams with Arabsat to launch Middle East HbbTV platform

Saudi Arabia-based technology provider Selevision has teamed up with satellite operator Arabsat to launch what the pair say will be the first HbbTV-based service in… Read more