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Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 24.3 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Freedom House deemed 21 of these countries to be “not free” or “partly free” in 2018. MBN networks expand the spectrum of ideas, opinions and perspectives in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Sawa radio; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com; MaghrebVoices.com; ElSaha.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus and production centers in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad, and Washington, D.C. MBN also has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq are 24/7 Arabic-language television networks that provide news and analysis to more than 16.5 million viewers each week. Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Sawa radio has two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information daily on each stream.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Sawa radio are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from USAGM.

Highlights

Alhurra now available on two new satellites

Alhurra Television HD channel will now be available on two new satellite systems, Eutelsat 8 and Yahsat. This raises the number of satellites Alhurra is on to five. The news and information network is currently located on Nilesat, Arabsat and Eutelsat 7.

Alhurra recognized with multiple nominations at the NY Festivals

The New York Festivals TV and Film Awards announced its 2020 finalists and Alhurra Television was recognized in five categories for its excellence in broadcasting and design. The categories include: Best Investigative Report, Best News Analysis/Commentary, Best Documentary—Human Concerns, Best Use of Technology and Best Animation.

Nart Bouran Leaving MBN for new UAE position

Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) announces the departure of Mr. Nart Bouran, Senior Vice President for News, Programming and Transformation. Mr. Bouran will become Chief Executive Officer of International Media Investment (IMI) Holding, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Awards

Maghreb Voice named New York Festivals finalist

(2019)

The Maghreb Voice’s report, “Victims of Incest in Morocco” was named as a finalist at the New York Festival’s Television and Film Awards in the category of Best Digital News-Short Report.

Alhurra Wins at the Webbys

(2019)

The report entitled “Power of Forgiveness” won the People’s Voice Award in the category of Best Documentary: Shortform at the 2019 Webby Awards.  It was selected by online voting as best report in its category.

Alhurra TV wins Silver World Medal at New York Festivals Awards

(2018)

Alhurra Television’s promotional video for the acclaimed series Exiting ISIS won the Silver Medal for Best Promotional Program at the 2018 New York Festival International Television and Film Awards. Exiting ISIS is a documentary series that interviews defectors who provide first-hand accounts revealing the extremist group’s entrenched culture of deception, intimidation, cruelty, drugs, and sexual abuse. .

“I have your number with me. Radio Sawa is the only station that allows me to talk to people. It makes people listen to me.”

Radio Sawa Iraq's "What's Your Opinion?" caller