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Arabic Language Regional Television News

Despite a comparable budget, Alhurra has failed to garner an audience as significant as those of Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya.

  Alhurra Al Jazeera Al Arabiya BBC Arabic News Al-Manar Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation
Debuted on Air 2004 1996 2003 2008 1991 1985
Headquarters Springfield, Va. Doha, Qatar Dubai, UAE London Beirut, Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon
Annual Budget $78.49 Million2 $100 Million3 $80 Million -
$90 Million4
$50 Million5 $15 Million6
Viewership1 2 percent 53 percent 9 percent 2 percent 3 percent
Source of Funding U.S. Government Qatari Government Saudi Investors BBC Hezbollah7 Saudi Investors

1From the 2008 Annual Arab Public Opinion Poll by Zogby International, in response to the question, "When you watch international news, which of the following network's news broadcasts do you watch most often?" These figures are for the pan-Arabic audience in the Middle East. There is no question Alhurra has a sizable audience in Iraq.
2Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Al Hurra
3Press reports
4Al Arabiya employee who asked to not be named
5BBC spokesman
6Al-Manar TV's media office
7U.S. Treasury Department

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