Not a problem if the mods disagree but I thought it might be worth separating the posts about the new channel from the Sky News UK topics.
The 'Launch Technical Director' has written on the Sky News Arabia website about how they chose the location for the studio complex and how the build is progressing ahead of the planned Spring 2012 TV launch ( SNA is supposedly launching online and through apps etc. later this year). In what is quite a congested marketplace it will be interesting to see if the channel can make any significant impact.
It’s now been a year since the first trips in mid-2010 to Abu Dhabi in our search for the HQ of Sky News Arabia, and things are starting to take shape. During the initial months we looked at numerous locations throughout Abu Dhabi that we hoped would be suitable for this colossal task ahead of us. We eventually settled on the facility you see in the photos here.
It’s an existing studio complex, right in the heart of Abu Dhabi, and over the past 24 months it’s been the home of numerous television productions, from Live English Premier League sports sets, to a giant playground for a children’s TV show. In order to transform this from a regular studio, to a 24/7 newsroom, we needed to make a few changes!
Working with local teams in Abu Dhabi, our initial concept drawings of what we needed to achieve are beginning to come to life. We engaged with architects, applied for permits, stepped through numerous approvals processes, and finally at a point where we can let the construction teams get on with the job. We’ve kept the existing core of the studio, and shortly will punch some giant holes in the wall, allowing access to the multimedia newsroom, craft edit suites, and live graphics production teams.
In addition to this, the foundations are already taking shape for our 3 floor extension to the complex, this will eventually house everything from our journalists, correspondents, presenters, editors, support teams, and all our other operational staff right through to the Studio Gallery, and our News Operations Centre.
He includes some pictures of the new complex under construction, including the studio with what I presume is the previously used football set in place.
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