BBC Arabic radio service comes to the West Bank

BBC World Service has become available for the first time on FM for listeners in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the West Bank. New partner station, Radio Bethlehem 2000 on 89.6FM, will be airing 12 hours a day of BBC programming, in Arabic and English.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  November 14, 2004

BBC World Service has become available for the first time on FM for listeners in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the West Bank. New partner station, Radio Bethlehem 2000 on 89.6FM, will be airing 12 hours a day of BBC programming, in Arabic and English. The BBC Arabic service has over 13.5 million listeners in the Middle East and North Africa. Arabic speakers across the world can tune in via the service’s web site, www.bbcarabic.com. In addition to short wave and medium wave, the BBC Arabic Service is already available on FM in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Sudan and UAE. Head of BBC Africa and Middle East Region Jerry Timmins welcomed the partnership with Radio Bethlehem 2000: “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Radio Bethlehem 2000. On the day that Yasser Arafat died, listeners in Bethlehem and across the West Bank area have been able to hear the news unfold from Ramallah to Paris and Cairo, live from the BBC. We continue to be intent on serving our listeners with programming which is in the very best traditions of the BBC.” BBC Arabic programming will be aired on Radio Bethlehem at 04.00-08.00, 14.00-15.00, 16.00-17.00, 19.00-20.00 and 21.00-22.00. BBC World Service programming in English is transmitted between 22.00 and 02.00.

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