France 24 in Arabic will be broadcast for the first time in HD quality across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The French Channel, France 24, has launched two HD channels, France 24 in English and France 24 in Arabic, on Arabsats Badr 4 satellite. France 24 Arabic is exclusive to Arabsat in the Middle East.
Commenting on the launch, Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO, Arabsat, stated: France 24 has been a long-standing customer since the creation of the channels and we are particularly proud to announce the launch of its HD channels at 26°E. By choosing Badr4, France 24 will cover most of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Arabsat is committed to continue its efforts to attract premium broadcasters to provide to Arab communities in Europe with superior picture quality and sound.
Speaking about the reach of the channel, Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairwoman and CEO of France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting including France 24, stated: We are delighted to strengthen our ties with Arabsat, allowing France 24 to better serve North Africa, the Middle East and Europe to reach close to 200 million homes. Thanks to this new agreement, France 24 in Arabic is now broadcast for the first time in HD quality across the region.