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Al Ekhbariya

Al Ekhbariya
Launched 11 January 2004; 12 years ago (2004-01-11)
Network Saudi TV
Owned by Saudi Government
Picture format 16:9 576i SDTV
Country Saudi Arabia
Broadcast area Saudi Arabia
Arab World
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Sister channel(s) Al Saudiya
Saudi 2
Al Eqtisadiyah
Al Riyadiyah
Al Quran Al Karim
Al Sunnah Al Nabawiyah
Al Thakafiyah

Al Ekhbariya (Arabic: الإخبارية) is an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Launched on 11 January 2004,[1] its aim according to its director was to present "a new image of the Gulf Arab state" to the wider region and the world. After the hiring of several Saudi women, its first bulletin was read by the kingdom's first female news presenter.[2] Correspondents are based across the Middle East, Europe and America to provide coverage of news stories from around the world.

The channel, like its main competitor Al Jazeera, is owned by its government and run by the Ministry of Culture and Information, along with other channels that are part of the Saudi Television network. The station is transmitted to the Middle East and the Arabic speaking world from the Badr 4 satellite at an orbital position of 26.0° East.

In 2014, a Saudi Arabian woman became the first female anchor to appear on Saudi state television without a headscarf. [3] She was reporting as a news anchor from London for Al Ekhbariya. [4]


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