New television channel SBC to focus on Saudi and Arab drama

An employee works with trainees at the studio of the new channel Saudi Broadcasting Corporation "SBC" in Riyadh, on April 24, 2018. Fitting into Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's bold reformist drive and branded the channel aims to appeal to young people and project a modern vision beyond Saudi Arabia's borders, with exclusive content including films, talk shows and cooking programmes. (AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE)
Updated 14 May 2018

New television channel SBC to focus on Saudi and Arab drama

  • The Saudi Broadcasting Corp. channel SBC will promote drama and art productions featuring leading Arab actors and directors.
  • Saudi actors, filmmakers, producers and writers had proven their talent worldwide, but lacked appreciation from the Saudi Broadcasting Corp. in the past., says SBC President Dawood Al-Shirian.

RIYADH: A new television channel to be launched in the Kingdom during Ramadan will specialize in Saudi and Arab drama.

The Saudi Broadcasting Corp. channel SBC will promote drama and art productions featuring leading Arab actors and directors.

Shows and specialist programs will also focus on religion, family, sports, and general entertainment.

The launch of the channel will help lay the foundation for a solid media and film industry in the Kingdom, Dawood Al-Shirian, president of the Saudi Broadcasting Corp., told Arab News. 

“It has been a challenge. Launching a new channel might take a year and half. However, we have done the work in just five months,” Al-Shirian said.

“We did not want to just promise, we wanted to build a relationship of trust and transparency between us, the viewers and investors. The change never happens overnight, but we have already started to satisfy viewers and show investors the huge investment opportunities we have,” he said. 

Al-Shirian added that the SBC management had a “new mindset and mentality that reflects the transition the Kingdom is undergoing politically, economically, and technologically. 

“We are aiming to raise the viewership rate over the entire Arab world. We are spending in areas that have been neglected, such as production, supporting youth, content development and attracting advertising.”

Al-Shirian said Saudi actors, filmmakers, producers and writers had proven their talent worldwide, but lacked appreciation from the Saudi Broadcasting Corp. in the past.

“We will attract talented Saudis and qualified youth to make use of our national capabilities. We will also utilize the capabilities of students who have studied abroad,” he said.

In the past, Saudi film investors had been forced to look outside the Kingdom for production opportunities.

“However, the return of cinema has paved the way for strong investment opportunities in film that will lead to better investments in all media sectors.

“We have met with Saudi and foreign investors to create partnerships. We will turn the Saudi Broadcasting Corp. into a mutually beneficial business,” Al-Shirian said.

“We are working with media leaders to make partnerships. We will never settle for less than international benchmarks.”


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

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Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.