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YouTube launches Ramadan-themed channel

Online service will broadcast shows on the same day they are aired on television

YouTube has launched a Ramadan channel.
YouTube has launched a Ramadan channel.

Video site YouTube will launch an online channel dedicated to Ramadan-themed programming, it was announced today.

The channel, which will broadcast shows the same day they air on television, is a joint venture with sponsor Unilever through its brands Lipton and Knorr.

According to a statement from YouTube, which is owned by search giant Google, shows will be categorised, allowing users to browse by genre and title.

Internet users in the Middle East and North Africa watch an average of 167m YouTube videos a day, ranking the region as the second globally in terms of views.

It is the first time YouTube has rolled out a channel specifically for the Islamic holy month. A preview of upcoming shows is already available on youtube.com/ramadan.

Ramadan is due to start later this month, most likely 20th or 21st July.