By Tahani Karrar
Nart Bouran will be joining Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) in early 2018
Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) announced that former Sky News Arabia chief Nart Bouran will be joining as its new senior vice president for News, Programming and Transformation in early 2018.
“In this new role, Bouran will direct global programming operations for all MBN television, radio and digital properties. He will lead development and execution of MBN’s program strategy across all MBN platforms, including Alhurra, Alhurra-Iraq, Radio Sawa, Raise Your Voice, Maghreb Voices, and new initiatives,” the company said.
It was announced last week that Bouran would step down as CEO of Dubai-based Sky News Arabia and assume an editorial advisory role to the board of directors until January.
During his seven years in charge of the Arabic language news organisation, Sky News Arabia has witnessed impressive growth in viewership and digital consumption. Bouran has also served as director of television for the Reuters News Agency.
MBN President Amb. Alberto Fernandez said: “Anyone who knows Middle East media knows that Nart Bouran is one of the very best in the industry, and MBN is pleased to add him as a key part of MBN’s transformation in a strategic and extremely competitive part of the world.”
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by an indepedent agency of the US Government, the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language radio network that broadcasts music and news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with more than 370 newscasts per week.