Al Arabiya and Al Hadath News Channels will now have an editorial board headed by AbdulRahman Alrashed and including members Mazen Turki Al-Sudairi, Ali Hedeithy, Salman Al-Dossary and Faisal J. Abbas, according to an official statement released by Founder and Chairman of MBC Group, Waleed Al-Ibrahim. The news channels are also owned by Waleed Al-Ibrahim.
Al-Ibrahim also announced the appointment of veteran journalist Dr. Nabil Khatib as the new General Manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath. Dr. Khatib succeeds Turki Al-Dakhil, who held the position since January 29, 2015.
In the same context, Al-Ibrahim said: “The main objective behind the establishment of the Editorial Board is to provide both channels with the best available human capital and expertise, while noting that it enjoys the kind of independence that’s necessary to secure the highest levels of professionalism, editorial integrity and credibility.”
The Editorial Board will support the management of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath while helping streamline the business, across multi-platforms and touchpoints.
Al-Ibrahim further added: “Whilst welcoming Dr. Nabil back home to his family – where he spent nearly 13 years as one of Al Arabiya’s key pillars – I’d like to praise his academic accomplishments, skill-set and proven track-record. His appointment falls in line with the on-going commitment to propel Al Arabiya and Al Hadath to new heights – thus benchmarking with international standards”.
Al-Ibrahim concluded: “I’d like to thank our colleague Turki Al-Dakhil for managing Al Arabiya and Al Hadath over the last couple of years”.
Dr. Nabil Khatib has a wealth of experience in broadcast journalism, with great focus on news, coupled with an academic record in teaching and training – both students and professionals – in Journalism, Mass Media and Communication