Sky News Arabia launches first virtual reality studios in Abu Dhabi

Sky News Arabia has announced its biggest enhancements since the 2012 launch of the channel in Abu Dhabi
Sky News Arabia launches first virtual reality studios in Abu Dhabi
The broadcaster has revealed a new programming line-up, new presenters, cutting-edge broadcast technology, and a digital-first approach to content creation.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 11 May 2019 12:34 AM

Sky News Arabia has announced its biggest enhancements since the 2012 launch of the channel, with its first virtual reality studios in Abu Dhabi.

The broadcaster has revealed a new programming line-up, new presenters, cutting-edge broadcast technology, and a digital-first approach to content creation, as well as a refreshed schedule going live seven days a week.

It said virtual news studios using the latest in technology are being introduced for the first time in the region, while three new shows will be launched including a daily sport show live.

A new dedicated documentary unit will also be launched to offer viewers more investigative and informative stories from around the region, a statement said.

Sky News Arabia’s head of news, Hani Abuayyash, hailed the announcement as a “fantastic moment” in the history of the channel and its biggest-ever enhancement.

He added: “Today is a fantastic moment in the history of Sky News Arabia. We have raised the game for news broadcasters in the region, with new ways of showcasing our content and stories that ensure we continue to serve our audiences in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as having a global outlook."

Sky News Arabia said it is also launching made-for digital programming designed to appeal to a new generation across the region. These programs have been specifically created for digital channels and will feature youth news, humanitarian stories, travel, current affairs and a look back at some of the most significant historical events.

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