Russia Today in Arabic
Rusiya al Yaum news presenter Ibrahim Al-Kumat
On May 4, 2007, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency launched an Arabic satellite news channel, Rusiya Al Yaum (Russia Today). The new channel uses the same name, logo and format as the English language Russia Today TV network, which first went on the air in late 2005. Rusiya al Yaum is broadcast every day from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Moscow time (you can watch it live over the web here)
In 2004, America created the Al-Hurra (The Free One) satellite television network to reach Arabs with news and views unfiltered by Arab governments. Now Russia has created its own government-sponsored satellite TV network to engage the Arab world.
Click on the extended post to watch a clip from Rusiya al Yaum.
Rusiya Al Yaum news presenter Loret Ashkar
Rusiya al Yaum coverage of the American debate about the Middle East
You can read more about the channel over at Wikipedia.