Multilingual current affairs channel Euro News has announced that it has added the Arabic language to its service.

Euro News, which launched in 1993, covers world news from a European perspective in seven other languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). It is not the first time the channel is broadcasting in Arabic; it first did between 1996 and 1999 but was terminated due to financial reasons.

Last year, Euro News was selected as the channel with the ability to produce and broadcast programming in Arabic, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. A service agreement between the channel and the European Commission was signed in Brussels on 6th December 2007.

Back then, Philippe Cayla, Chairman and CEO of Euro News, commented: “The addition of Arabic is a very important milestone in Euro News۪ multi-language strategy. With Arabic, the channel will be able to grow its audience among Arabic-speaking populations in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin. In Europe, the fact that Euro News is available in Arabic will definitely help Arabic-speaking populations to better understand the framework of European policies and the issues at stake. In the Mediterranean basin, and in the Arabic-speaking world in general, where Euro News already has a substantial audience for its English and French versions, the channel will be able to grow its audience very significantly and become the standard-setting international news channel.”

Euro News is available free-to-air on Sky Digital channel 509. The Arabic version can be listened to by selecting “Arabic” on the main Sky menu, under the “System Set-Up” screen, followed by “Language and Subtitles”.