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WW Update3,561 posts since 6 Feb 2007
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TOTH from 13:00 GMT



I'm wondering why they use religiously-tinged "Allahu Akbar" as a greeting rather than the more common "As-Salam Alaikum" (especially considering that not all Arabs are Muslim).

Any Arabic speakers here?
Joshua2,932 posts since 9 Jul 2005
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I'm wondering why they use religiously-tinged "Allahu Akbar" as a greeting rather than the more common "As-Salam Alaikum" (especially considering that not all Arabs are Muslim).

Any Arabic speakers here?


Just after the TOTH, the male presenter says 'Al Akhbar', not 'Allah Akbar'. 'Al Akhbar' means 'the news' or 'the headlines'.

From watching some of the coverage, the presenters seem to be using 'Ahlan Bikum' which is just 'Hello' in Arabic, not religious terms.
WW Update3,561 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Quote:
I'm wondering why they use religiously-tinged "Allahu Akbar" as a greeting rather than the more common "As-Salam Alaikum" (especially considering that not all Arabs are Muslim).

Any Arabic speakers here?


Just after the TOTH, the male presenter says 'Al Akhbar', not 'Allah Akbar'. 'Al Akhbar' means 'the news' or 'the headlines'.

From watching some of the coverage, the presenters seem to be using 'Ahlan Bikum' which is just 'Hello' in Arabic, not religious terms.


Ah, that makes sense! (It just goes to show that I shouldn't try to speculate about phrases in languages I don't understand.)
fodg091,361 posts since 24 Jul 2007
Praise in The National for SNA's start, suggesting that the channels calm demeanor and detached attitude in covering political stories might be what sets it apart,
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The launch of Sky News Arabia represents another milestone in the rapid growth of Arabic media, while the new channel's low-key introduction into the crowded media landscape is a wise one.

Where rivals Al Jazeera and Al Alam made current affairs an entertaining blood sport, the sheer business-as-usual approach emanating from the channel's shiny UAE studios bred an engaging familiarity.

Sky News Arabia's mix of interactive graphics and its welcome detachment pose an interesting proposition to Arab audiences used to news tapping raw nerves or representing certain political or sectarian viewpoints.

It also ushers a hitherto rare kind of owner into the Arabic media landscape: a commercial enterprise in territory that is largely, although not wholly, the domain of national governments and political parties.

Many hope the commercial aspect could herald a news programming approach that is based on viewers' interests rather than a top-down policy imperative.

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Hence – and as surreal as this sounds – Rupert Murdoch's welcome addition to the Arabic media world. Whether Sky News Arabia is viewed as "different" and "balanced" as its director, Nart Bouran, promises, remains to be seen. But its apparent freedom from a diplomatic and sectarian agenda deserves further viewing.


http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/sky-news-arabia-is-a-break-from-stations-with-slanted-coverage?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Ste932 posts since 22 Jun 2001
Granada BBC World
Praise in The National for SNA's start, suggesting that the channels calm demeanor and detached attitude in covering political stories might be what sets it apart,



Although the National is owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family so that praise is not unexpected. Chances are we wont see any reports on issues like the conditions of migrant workers or any other controversial Abu Dhabi related issues!
skyviewer1,444 posts since 9 Feb 2011
What has happened to this little presentation point right beside the newswall where nart bouran presented the launch date. Did they remove it? I havenīt seen them presenting from it since launch day.
bkman1990483 posts since 29 Jan 2012
UTV Newsline
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TOTH from 13:00 GMT




Does anyone notice in the SNA TOTH that it sounds incredibly similar to the one of the SKY News UK TOTH from 2000 to 2004. I couldn't believe it; I don't know it they used recycled theme tunes so well. It is just brilliant.

Here is the one I'm talking about




It is just incredible how they do it.