Owned by MBC and launched in 2011, Al Arabiya quickly became a point of reference for news reporting and analysis during and after the Arab spring. The channel’s flagship programming includes Special Mission, an investigative journalism/current affairs programme addressing a single issue in depth each week. Al Arabiya upgraded to High Definition in 2011 as part of an overall HD upgrade programme by MBC.
CCTV Africa is China Central Television’s first overseas news production centre. Launched in Kenya in January 2012, the production centre has a network of correspondents in nine African countries and produces a flagship programme called Africa Live which provided in-depth coverage of significant events that have included the first anniversary of partition in Sudan, Libyan elections and Africa’s preparation for the Olympics. Aired on CCTV NEWS, it helps to enhance the communications between different continents.
Launched in 2003, SKY TG24 is one of SKY Italia’s longstanding channels and a major source of round-the-clock news for five million satellite homes across Italy. The channel produces 44 newscast editions a day and clocks up approximately 7,000 hours of live broadcasts a year. In September 2012 SKY TG24 entirely upgraded its newsroom, with significant effort put into facilities enabling immediate reporting and energy-saving technologies.