News Corp Took on CNN and Won the Ratings War; Now It Wants to Compete with al-Jazeera in the Arab World

Jul 14, 2010  •  Post A Comment

News Corp., which so successfully challenged CNN in the United States with its Fox News Channel, now has its sights on challenging al-Jazeera in the Arab world, the Financial Times reports.

The new Arabic-language news channel would be based in Abu Dhabi. News Corp’s British Sky Broadcasting is talking to a local investor about starting the service, the report says.

According to the article, "The Sky News venture, which would be 50-50 owned, is not connected to the Abu Dhabi government, according to two people familiar with the situation. The Abu Dhabi investor was described as “private” by the people familiar with the matter.This description has previously been used to include moves by members of the ruling family who are not acting as part of the government…"

The article also notes that, "The region is already liberally covered by rolling news channels. The BBC Arabic service competes with Al Jazeera, based in Doha and funded by the Qatari government, and Al Arabiya, which has Saudi backing and is based in Dubai. Only last week ago, Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, the Saudi investor who owns 7 per cent of News Corp shares, announced he would launch a rolling news channel into what he described as a ‘heavily occupied’ market."


  1. Great. The rhetoric-spouting jingoistic prejudiced hater station finds a new home that seems to be MORE accepting of such BS than our nation of Dumb Americans.
    I give Rupert 10 years to engineer a yellow journalism campaign that will successfully generate a bigger conflict that we have already – maybe, if he plays his cards right, he’ll get his WWIII. Just give him time to invest his billions in arms manufacturers, first.
    Remember the Maine, Don’t Let the Terrorists Win, and if you’re not for us, you’re against us! And keep eating them Freedom Fries!

  2. Can’t wait to see Glenn Beck’s family tree for the Saudi Dynasty.

  3. I love the expression. Everyone needs to express there own opinion and feel free to hear others. Keep it up 🙂

  4. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

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