Asharq News channel set to go live across the Middle East in collaboration with Bloomberg for business news

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Updated 26 November 2020

Asharq News channel set to go live across the Middle East in collaboration with Bloomberg for business news

  • The 24/7 service is a collaboration between Saudi Research and Marketing Group and Bloomberg News
  • With Bloomberg on board there will be an inevitable emphasis on business and finance, but channel chiefs are also promising general news, analysis and lifestyle content

LONDON: The latest addition to the Arabic-language broadcast media landscape is ready to go live across the Middle East.

Asharq News, a 24/7 multiplatform channel, is a collaboration between the US heavyweight Bloomberg News for business news and the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, publishers of Arab News and the world’s biggest Arabic news outlet, Asharq Al-Awsat.

Officially launching on November 11, audiences in the region will be able to experience global economic coverage on the Asharq News TV channel and its digital platforms with an analysis of developments as they unfold.  

Speaking on the launch, Jumana Al-Rashed, CEO of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), said: “Today’s launch of Asharq News marks a new and exciting phase for the Arab media landscape. We are witnessing an unprecedented pace of change worldwide and keeping up to date with this change means recognising the power of information and forging partnerships to harness that power.” 

Al-Rashed added: “SRMG and Bloomberg bring together the best of both worlds: the in-depth market knowledge of SRMG and Bloomberg’s rigorous, data-driven reporting. We are confident that through this collaboration, Asharq News will set new standards for business news delivery to Arabic-speaking viewers.”




CEO of Saudi Marketing and Research Group Jumana Al-Rashed. (Supplied)

Highlighting the youth focus of Asharq News, Al-Rashed said: “We believe it is essential for young people to find trustworthy and insightful content to enable them to pursue their aspirations and contribute to shaping the future of the Arab world. To cater to the young generation, we aim to rely heavily on our digital platforms and social media, and we are confident that our content will respond to this challenge.”

With Bloomberg on board there will be an inevitable emphasis on business and finance, but channel chiefs are also promising general news, analysis and lifestyle content.
Asharq general manager Nabeel Alkhatib has also pledged that Bloomberg content will not be altered or edited for regional sensitivities.
“Whatever we think is suitable for the region, we take it as is,” he said. “If we see an article of potential interest to our viewers or readers, we translate it as it stands. If it’s not suitable or appropriate for whatever reason, we don’t take it. But we either take in full, or we don’t take it at all.”

Among the new channel’s regional firsts will be a weekly health segment hosted by Egyptian doctor and satirist Bassem Youssef
“To have this opportunity, to be on this kind of a platform in order to show people a different path to wellness, is amazing,” he told Arab News.
Youssef also revealed that a new job is not the only change in his life — he now eats only plant-based foods after a close friend recovered from life-threatening multiple sclerosis by adopting a similar diet. “I immediately felt a difference in my life, in my health, my stamina, my energy,” he said.


Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

Updated 28 November 2020

Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

  • Hosted by veteran journalist Frank Kane, program will interview movers and shakers, world policymakers
  • Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout

LONDON: Arab News, the region’s leading English-language Middle East newspaper, is proud to announce its latest video product: “Frankly Speaking,” a recorded show that will interview and challenge movers and shakers, world policymakers and influential deciders on topics relating to the Arab world.

Hosted by veteran, award-winning journalist and senior Arab News business columnist, Frank Kane, who has interviewed influential business leaders and key politicians from around the world including Emirati tycoon, Khalaf Al-Habtoor, president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Borge Brende, and Anthony Scaramucci, the former communications adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout.

 

 

“Frankly Speaking” will be available on Arab New’s YouTube channel and on the program page on the Arab News website.

Commenting on the launch, Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas said: “As the leading English language news source on Saudi Arabia and Middle East, it was only natural for Arab News to expand its video offering and we are very proud to present 'Frankly Speaking' as our first product for our followers worldwide.”

“While editorial integrity can only be proven, the combination of the credibility of both the Arab News brand and the long experience and interview style of Frank Kane will ensure that each episode provides an intellectually stimulating debate and plenty of material for further discussion,” he said.

 

 

The first episode of “Frankly Speaking” launches on Saturday at 5 p.m. Riyadh time (2 p.m. GMT) and will feature former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who will talk about his own recipe for change in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s reforms, the difference between Islamabad’s relationship with Iran and with Saudi Arabia, as well as his views on Israel.