BBC World News is set to launch its international high definition (HD) channel on Arabsat on August 5, after which it will be offered as an HD feed across the Middle East.
Arabsat will be the BBC’s first distribution partner in the Middle East to offer the news channel in HD, said a statement.
In January, BBC unveiled its new look, following a re-launch from its newsroom at Broadcasting House in central London.
A refreshed schedule includes a new daily programme, Global, presented by long-time BBC News presenter and reporter Jon Sopel.
In addition to reporting by journalists such as chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet and HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur, other recent appointments include Yalda Hakim, an Australian journalist whose recent Our World programmes have focussed on Iraq, Bangladesh and Yemen.
Colin Lawrence, distribution director for BBC Global News, said: “We are pleased to be able to partner with Arabsat to launch BBC World News HD across the Middle East, bringing our audience closer to the news than ever before. BBC World News HD will showcase our commitment to impartial and high quality journalism, and will showcase our news programmes at their best.”
Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO of Arabsat, said: “We are very proud of the long term partnership with BBC and value their confidence in Arabsat. We are pleased to be the first satellite operator to bring BBC World News HD to its viewers in the region.”