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Arabsat viewers advised to re-tune televisions as BBC World moves to new satellite frequency


June 22, 2006, BBC World, the BBC’s commercially funded international news and information television channel, is advising viewers in the Middle East to re-tune their televisions as the channel is moving to a new Arabsat satellite frequency.

The move is being made in line with the recent reconfiguration of the Arabsat bouquet and means Arabsat viewers will need to re-tune to frequency 11 862 V. The move to the new frequency will take place on July 4 and viewers are being advised to re-tune their televisions before this date.

The re-tune does NOT affect those viewers who watch BBC World on other services.

BBC World is the most popular international channel, watched by more viewers each day than any other English language channel across eight Middle Eastern countries.* In the Middle East, BBC World reaches 5.711 million households on cable, digital DTH, SMATV and DTH.

For more information please go to the “How To Receive” section at, or the Arabsat website -

* Source: Synovate PAX survey 2006. Countries include: Gulf Co-op Council (GCC) countries of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam), UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and three other countries – Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Lebanon (Beirut) and Jordan (Amman).


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BBC World, the BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. BBC World is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and reaches 280 million households (140 million 24-hour homes) and more than one million hotel rooms. The channel commenced transmission in 1991 as BBC World Service Television and in 1995 was re-branded BBC World, a 24-hour news and information channel broadcasting across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Japan. For further information on how to receive BBC World, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit


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