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Algeria leads the Arab countries in terms of the number of government-owned FM radio stations
Sunday, January 22, 2012

A new report from the Arab Advisors Group provides an analysis of the FM radio stations landscape in the Arab World. The research revealed that 210 local government-owned FM radio stations broadcast in 14 Arab countries by December 2011, compared to 72 private radio stations. The report also analyzed 7 regional radio stations that broadcast on FM frequencies in multiple countries. These regional stations raise the total number of FM radio stations to 289 in 14 Arab countries by end of 2011.


Liberalization in several Arab countries was a key factor for the growth in private FM radio stations. Still, out of the 19 countries covered in the report, three do not allow private radio stations, namely: Qatar, UAE, and Yemen. Mauritania and Algeria allowed the licensing of private radio stations in 2011, however, by end of 2011, there were still no private radio stations broadcasting in these countries. In addition to the liberalization of the sector, the need to broadcast in multiple languages to cater for expatriates enhances the number of FM radio stations even in countries where private FM radio stations do not exist. The UAE is a clear example of this as it hosts FM radio stations that broadcast in Arabic, English, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Persian.


A new report, "FM Radio in the Arab World 2012" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on January 10, 2012. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,200. The 85-page report, which has 43 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the FM Radio regulations and landscape in 19 Arab countries. The countries covered in this report by December 2011 are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. Countries covered by July 2009 are: Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine and Sudan. The report includes analysis and profiles of the main FM radio stations (private and state owned) in the region.


Any investment in this report will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing the report, or could count towards attending Arab Advisors' 9th Convergence Summit on May 22 & 23, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. More information on the summit can be viewed on STC is the main sponsor of the summit; Motorola, Orange, Qualcomm, Umniah and Zain are among the companies who are sponsoring the event. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge.


Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.


 "Algeria has the highest number of government FM Radio Stations with 53 state-owned radio stations. The UAE follows with 38 state-owned radio stations. On the opposite side, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine lead all the analyzed Arab countries with the number of private radio stations" Ms. Dima Abu-Rub, Arab Advisors research analyst wrote in the report.


The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 2,800 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).


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