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Wed 29 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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BBC Arabic service launches on FM in Lebanon

As of last week, listeners in Beirut and Lebanon have been able to hear the BBC Arabic service for two hours every day on the Voice of Lebanon 93.3 FM.

As part of its efforts to improve its presence in the Arab world, the BBC has partnered with Voice of Lebanon 93.3 FM. As of June 22, listeners in Beirut and Lebanon have been able to hear the BBC Arabic service for two hours every day on the Voice of Lebanon 93.3 FM.

“Our partnership with Voice of Lebanon is an important addition to the BBC’s presence in the Arab world,” says Hosam El Sokkari, head of BBC Arabic. “I hope the availability of BBC programmes in Arabic will further expand our listener base in this region.”

BBC Arabic’s news programmes on Voice of Lebanon include Al alam hatha al sabah — The World This Morning, Hadeeth Al-Sa’a — a daily programme analysing key stories in the news and Nuqtat Hewar, where listeners can share their political, social and sporting views.

Speaking about the partnership, Sheikh Simon El-Khazen, CEO of the Voice of Lebanon, adds: “Broadcasting BBC programming in Arabic and English represents an important phase in the growth and development of the Voice of Lebanon. The BBC will complement our already rich source of programming by bringing a wider international news perspective which is valuable in a fast-changing world.”

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