Sky News Arabia, the 24-hour Arabic language multi-platform breaking news service, today announced the names of ten more of its presenters, carefully selected from countries across the MENA region.
Sky News Arabia received over 1,300 applicants for the coveted presenter roles alone. Each presenter was chosen following a rigorous interview process and in-depth market research. Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia, commented: “As the channel launch draws closer, we are delighted to announce our second batch of presenters. I believe the line-up is a good representation of the Arab region and I know each will play a vital role in the success of Sky News Arabia.”
The presenter announcement coincides with the news that Sky News Arabia is ahead of schedule and is now in 24 hour rehearsal mode.
“With all of our staff now in place, we are really gearing up to launch. This challenging move, ahead of schedule, will test our resources – technical and editorial – to the maximum as we prepare ourselves for the task of running a 24-hour news operation. It’s a very exciting time,” Bouran added.
With 16 of its presenters announced to date, Sky News Arabia will soon unveil the remaining names to its line-up, all of which have already been recruited.
The ten presenters unveiled today are:
Mohannad Al Khatib, News Presenter
Mohannad started his career as an International Radio Broadcaster at the Voice of America in Washington, DC, where he then moved to UNICEF working as a Communication Officer for MENA region. In 2001, Muhannad joined MBC as a talk show host based in Beirut, Lebanon, then moved to Al Arabiya as a senior news anchor and the host of a weekly current affairs program. Muhannad then joined Future TV in 2007 as a news presenter hosting a weekly round-up of major international news,Radar 360.
Hassina Ouchene, News Presenter
Hassina started her career with Algerian Radio as presenter, before joining Algerian Television as reporter and news presenter. Hassina then became a news anchor on Al Aan TV, after which she took up her most recent role at Al Arabiya TV, covering a range of breaking news stories and interviewing influential figures in the Arab region.
Jarir Dababneh, News Presenter
Having started his career as a producer, reporter and writer for Jordan TV, Jarir quickly marked his name across the media scene. He then became a presenter for Al- Libiyah TV, before moving to Egypt TV as bureau chief in Amman for five years. Prior to this, Jarir worked as a correspondent for Al- Libiyah TV Jarir most recently worked for two International TV broadcasters based in Jordan as executive director as well as a correspondent for the Jordanian Prime Ministry Media Office.
Dalia Abdalla, News Presenter
With a Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Canada and a Masters in International Business from London, Dalia started her career as a journalist for Russia Today TV, as Deputy Chief Editor. She then took up a role as a Presenter for a youth program, where she interviewed many show business celebrities as well as political, business and sports figures from the young Russian elite.
Darwish Al Taweel, Business Presenter
As one of UAE’s own, Darwish started his career as a presenter for Sama Dubai. He then moved to Baynounah Media Group, followed by Abu Dhabi TV, where he worked as a presenter covering local and economic news.
Alma Intabli, News Presenter
Having attended specialized and extensive training courses given by instructors from the British firm, Thomson Foundation, Alma kick started her career as a news editor for Al Arabiya’s website where she published breaking news stories. Alma then moved on to become a presenter for Al Arabiya TV, before ultimately moving to Sky News Arabia.
Imane Lahrache, News Presenter
Before joining Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, Imane was business and news presenter at Russiya Alyawm TV, covering major political stories in the Arab world and business news – mainly the euro zone crisis. She also worked for a variety of Moroccan radio stations at the beginning of her career.
Osama Khamayseh, News Presenter
Osama worked in Jordan TV for six years as a news presenter, covering some of the most prominent political figures in the Arab world. In his latest role before joining Sky News Arabia, Osama was working as news presenter at Al Aan TV.
Seza Armenazi, News Presenter
Seza started her journalism career as a reporter in Istanbul for Qatar TV, Kuwait TV, then moved to Abu Dhabi TV as a Business News Reporter in Istanbul. Seza then moved to Etturkiye Arabic news channel in Istanbul to become a News Presenter, before moving back to Abu Dhabi to join the Sky News Arabia team.
Maya Raydan, Business Presenter
An experienced editor and news presenter, Maya has worked for various radio stations as a presenter, reporter and editor, including The People Radio Station in Lebanon, and Sawa Radio in UAE. Maya also worked as editor for Business Pioneer and Al Iktissad wal Aamal magazines, before taking up a role as a reporter for Dubai TV in Beirut from 2001-2005.