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Governments continue to dominate terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The history of terrestrial TV channels in theArab World goes back to the early 1960s. Until the booming era of free to airsatellite TV, terrestrial TV was the main source of entertainment andinformation for people in the Arab World.

Local terrestrial TV stations are still alivein the region, but regulations and market dynamics have insured that -except ina few countries- the number of terrestrial TV stations did not grow in the pastfew years.

Thereare 138 terrestrial TV stations broadcasting in nineteen Arab countries. Palestine, Iraqand Egypt lead in the number of terrestrial TVstations, constituting 50.7% of total terrestrial TV channels in the ArabWorld. The majority of Palestine's and Iraq'sterrestrial TV channels are privately owned and they constitute 86.2% of totalprivate terrestrial TV channels in the Arab World. Egypt has the largest number of governmentowned terrestrial TV channels. 

report, “TerrestrialTV in the Arab World December 2010” wasreleased to the Arab Advisors Group’s Media Strategic Research Servicesubscribers on December 23, 2010. This report can be purchased from the ArabAdvisors Group for only US$950. The 25-page report, which has 22 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of theterrestrial TV channels in the 19 Arab countries of AlgeriaBahrainEgyptIraqJordanKuwaitLebanonLibya,MauritaniaMoroccoOmanPalestineQatarSaudi ArabiaSudanSyriaTunisiaUAEand Yemen.

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

Any investment in thisreport will count towards an annual Strategic Research Service subscription –Media should the service be acquired within three months from purchasing thereport.

"ArabAdvisors Group’s analysis reveals that the vast majority of the nineteencovered countries still have full government ownership of the operationalterrestrial TV channels." Miss Noura Abdulhadi, Arab Advisors SeniorResearch Analyst commented. "Out of the 19 countries covered in thisreport, only Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Tunisia have operational private terrestrialTV channels. Libya, Morocco and Sudan have terrestrial TV channels that arejointly owned by the government and the private sector." Ms. Abdulhadi added

The Arab Advisors Group’s team of analysts in the region has already producedover 2,200 reports on the Arab World’scommunications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchasedindividually or received through an annual subscription to Arab AdvisorsGroup’s ( Research Services (Media and Telecom). To date, Arab Advisors Grouphas served over 610 global andregional companies byproviding reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communicationsmarkets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on



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