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Afghan Media Usage Moves to Television; Afghans Increasingly Pessimistic About the Future

Afghan Media Usage Moves to Television; Afghans Increasingly Pessimistic About the Future

[ 0 ] February 13, 2015

Recently released research data from the BBG and Gallup show a sharp jump in TV viewing and negligible new media usage. Gallup attitudinal data shows a Afghans’ views for the future now lowest in the world…

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014

As more and more media options become available, Nielsen’s Total Audience Report shows that determining media’s winners and losers isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be…

BBG Audience Climbs Again to Record High; Rises By 50 Million In Just Four Years

BBG Audience Climbs Again to Record High; Rises By 50 Million In Just Four Years

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has released its Global Audience Estimate for 2014, and at 215 million people each week, the audience is at an all-time high…

Think Pieces

Twitter is Many Things, But a Driver of Web Traffic It Isn’t

Twitter is Many Things, But a Driver of Web Traffic It Isn’t

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015

Writing for The Atlantic, writer Derek Thompson analyzes the engagement generated by his tweets. One thing he knows for certain, those tweets are not driving traffic to his articles…

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014

As more and more media options become available, Nielsen’s Total Audience Report shows that determining media’s winners and losers isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be…

With African Population Set to Double in 35 Years, BBG Working to Meet Challenges

With African Population Set to Double in 35 Years, BBG Working to Meet Challenges

[ 2 ] September 19, 2014

By mid-century, one in four people will be African. By 2100, 40% of the world’s population will be African. The BBG is laying the groundwork to better meet the needs for Africa’s exploding population…

International Broadcasting News

Arab World Now Has Access to Nearly 1300 Satellite Television Channels

Arab World Now Has Access to Nearly 1300 Satellite Television Channels

[ 0 ] March 18, 2015

Private sector broadcasting has fueled the growth of available satellite television channels from just a few dozen in the 1990s to 1294 in 2014…

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By Paul Marszalek

The Arab States Broadcasting Union and the High Committee for Coordination among Arab Satellite Channels have teamed to release their 2014 census of satellite channels available throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

While it’s been no secret that media use the region has come to be dominated by satellite TV, the reported 1294 channels now broadcasting is something of an eye-popping number considering the fewer than three dozen stations available some 20 years ago.

Numbers worth highlighting include that of the 1294 channels, 165 are government-run, with the remaining 1129 being private. The report notes that there are 758 Arab corporations that are broadcasting or rebroadcasting channels via satellite. Of those 758 corporations, 29 are publicly owned.

In terms of stations with specialized formats, 170 air sports, 152 air drama series and movies, 124 music and variety, and 95 have a religious focus. According to the report, there are 68 full-time news channels. And despite the demographics of the region, just 26 channels reported youth or children’s formats.

The vast majority of channels broadcast in Arabic and Arabic dialects, with English a distant second, with 161 channels. Other languages include French (25), Urdu (19), Kurdish (9), Persian (4), and Hebrew (2).

The explosive growth of satellite television speaks to the relative ease of launching a channel and the relatively low cost of doing so. However, the crowded market is also the primary reason that most channels continue to struggle with profitability — a situation exacerbated by stations airing pirated content across borders.

BBG Mobile Apps Recognized at Global Mobile Awards

BBG Mobile Apps Recognized at Global Mobile Awards

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015

Three new BBG mobile apps gained kudos at last week’s Mobile World Congress. Two of the apps help inform audiences, while a third assists journalists in newsgathering…

Thousands Attend VOA HIV/AIDS Awareness Event in Abidjan

Thousands Attend VOA HIV/AIDS Awareness Event in Abidjan

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015

An estimated 3,000 people turned out for an HIV/AIDS Awareness event and concert on Valentine’s Day presented by the BBG, State Department, and the national broadcaster of Côte d’Ivoire…

Ideas and Innovation

BBG Mobile Apps Recognized at Global Mobile Awards

BBG Mobile Apps Recognized at Global Mobile Awards

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015

Three new BBG mobile apps gained kudos at last week’s Mobile World Congress. Two of the apps help inform audiences, while a third assists journalists in newsgathering…

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

Divining Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Not a Zero Sum Game

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014

As more and more media options become available, Nielsen’s Total Audience Report shows that determining media’s winners and losers isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be…

Nearly Half of Global Households Will Watch OTT by 2020

Nearly Half of Global Households Will Watch OTT by 2020

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014

Changes in how people consume television and video continue to accelerate, with nearly half of all households projected to be watching at least some video Over-The-Top by 2020…