Sky News Arabia introducing ‘region’s first VR news studio’

Sky News Arabia introducing ‘region’s first VR news studio’
The studio set for Sky News Arabia’s new show “Timeline” uses virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. (Supplied)
Updated 27 April 2019

Sky News Arabia introducing ‘region’s first VR news studio’

Sky News Arabia introducing ‘region’s first VR news studio’
  • Three new shows will be launched using the new state-of-the-art technologies
  • A new dedicated documentary unit will also be launched

ABU DHABI: Sky News Arabia is introducing studios that use the latest in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology for the first time in the region, the Abu Dhabi-based news channel said on Saturday.
The move is part of a series of enhancements to the station, which also includes new programs and presenters and a “digital-first” approach to content creation.
Three new shows will be launched using the new state-of-the-art technologies including a daily sport show live from the AR set.
A new dedicated documentary unit will also be launched to offer viewers more investigative stories from around the region.
“No matter when you tune into Sky News Arabia, you will find high-quality news output and in-depth reporting that is relevant to your life and the issues you care about most,” said Hani Abuayyash, Sky News Arabia’s head of news.
“These changes will help to bring the news to life, making our content more visually compelling and reflective of the fact that our viewers are increasingly consuming news online and want more live news coverage as it happens.”
The new programming includes “News Radar” at 6 p.m., which will feature analysis and discussion of the latest world news. An enhanced version of “Timeline” at midnight will see new host Carolina Nassar present a review of the day’s news using the latest VR technologies.