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Inside Al Arabiya's new state-of-the-art studio

Al Arabiya news channel has launched a state-of-the-art studio equipped with the latest in broadcast technology

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Al Arabiya news channel has launched a state-of-the-art studio equipped with the latest in broadcast technology.

The innovative studio, that has already been put to use, airing news bulletins, and current affairs programs, has been in the making for the past year.

Head of News Resources and Facilities Malek Obeid said: “The studio reflects the latest technologies on the TV field where the competition is really very high, which is healthy to keep us developing and changing.”

The studio that was launched on Feb. 7, distinguishes itself from the rest of the studios with its sliding walls and screens that are fully controlled by iPads.

The presenter is now able to connect content with graphics and animation while she/he is on air.

The studio set includes a ground level with stages that Obeid described as an ‘upper floor’ and measures 9 by 20 meters, allowing each corner to be put to use.

“This is strongly supporting the news environment where the speed, transparency, accuracy are essential,” Obeid added.

One feature the team behind the studio’s design are particularly proud of is that more than 80 percent of the studio is environmentally friendly, not least because of the LED lights which consume 85 percent less power.

And for the crew and presenters there’s the additional perk that these lights produce two percent less heat than traditional television studio lighting.

Obeid said the advancement of Al Arabiya’s news production was largely due to the willingness of the channel’s management.

Al Arabiya's new state-of-the-art studio