Al Ekhbariya

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Al Ekhbariya
CountrySaudi Arabia
Broadcast area
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bangladesh
NetworkSaudi TV
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerSaudi Broadcasting Authority
Sister channels
Launched23 September 2002; 21 years ago (2002-09-23)

Al Ekhbariya (Arabic: الإخبارية) is an Saudi 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 Buthaina Al-Nassr.[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 Media, 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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sakr, Naomi (2008). "Women and Media in Saudi Arabia: Rhetoric, Reductionism and Realities". British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 35 (3): 385–404. doi:10.1080/13530190802525197. S2CID 143821700.
  2. ^ Saudi TV news channel goes on air BBC 12 January 2004

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