TRT Arabi, the Arabic service of Turkey’s public broadcaster Turkish Radio & Television (TRT), will relaunch today with a new look and feel as well as a completely revamped programming grid at 1pm Turkey time (+2 GMT), BroadcastPro ME can reveal.
Speaking to BroadcastPro ME, Furkan Han, Head of Global Digital, Satellite Distribution & Partnerships at TRT World said: “The channel has gone through a complete overhaul both on the front end and the backend and will be among its international channels along with TRT World. TRT Arabi will contain news, documentaries and other current affairs programmes that focus on the MENA region. Alongside TRT’s current broadcasting centres in London & Washington D.C and bureaus all over the world, TRT Arabi will also establish offices in key locations for newsgathering and reporting.
The revamp will also include a complete overhaul of the broadcaster’s technical infrastructure on TRT Arabi, which has been operational since 2010.
TRT Arabi was available, thus far, only in Standard Definition (SD) on Nilesat and Badr4 positions in the MENA region. A High Definition version of the channel will be available to viewers on the same satellite positions with an additional satellite, Hotbird which will cover Europe from January 7, 2019.