Iraqi media set for overhaul

Iraqi media is set to have a complete overhaul American style after the US-led coalition Provisional Authority awarded a one-year contract to communications firm Harris Corporation.

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By  John Irish Published  January 11, 2004

Iraqis are gearing up for a new age of media after the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority handed a US $96-million one-year contract to American communications firm Harris Corporation. Should the contract prove successful, a further two six month periods could be awarded at an estimated value of $165 million. The contract will cater for a complete overhaul of the country’s media infrastructure with the aim of integrating television, radio and the print media. Officials from Harris claim they are aiming to launch two radio stations, two television channels including an all-news channel, and a national daily newspaper entitled Al Sabbah. “We are extremely pleased to be selected to play this role in the rebuilding of Iraq’s critical broadcast and media infrastructure,” said Howard Lance, president and CEO of Harris Corporation in a statement to the press. “The free flow of information is crucial to any modern society and we are committed to making this ambitious goal a reality.” While Harris will provide equipment and take care of technical issues, the statement added that two regional firms would work alongside the American organisation. Experts had tipped regional broadcaster MBC, which owns 24-hour news channel Al Arabiya, to win the training contract. However, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) was selected to look after training and content programming for the radio and television stations. The statement goes on to say that all channels will be available on terrestrial television, while the news channel will also air on satellite. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti construction and development company Al Fuwares, will assist in expanding the newspaper across Iraq.

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