Faisal J. Abbas appointed Editor-in-Chief of Arab News

A statement issued by the Riyadh-based Saudi Research and Marketing (SRMG) confirmed the announcement

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Al Arabiya News Channel’s Faisal J. Abbas has stepped down as Editor of the Dubai-based networks’s English language service www.alarabiya.net/English and has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of Saudi Arabia’s prominent English language daily, Arab News.

A statement issued by the Riyadh-based Saudi Research and Marketing (SRMG), which is the Middle East’s largest integrated publishing company, confirmed the announcement.

Commenting on the appointment, SRMG’s Chairman HH Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohamad bin Farhan Al-Saud described Faisal J. Abbas as being “among the most prominent Saudi journalists on the international media scene,” adding that he (Abbas) “brings an impressive track-record in newsroom restructuring and expanding editorial operations.”.

Prince Badr stressed that the appointment falls in line with “SRMG’s future vision of driving our titles to new heights via empowering young Saudimedia leaders to meet the expectations and aspirations of the new generation who form the bulk of today’s media consumption.”

Faisal J. Abbas joined Al Arabiya News Channel in 2012 with a mandate to relaunch and expand the news coverage of the channel’s English language digital platform.

Over the past four years, Al Arabiya English has grown enormously in traffic and influence mainly due to more focused editorial strategy which blended translated material from the main news channel as well as original and exclusive features, analysis and opinion which aims to provide context and perspective about Arab affairs to English speakers worldwide.

Abbas confirmed stepping down in an email sent to his now former team, where he thanked them as well as the senior management for their efforts and support during his tenure. His last decision was to assign interim editorship of the English service to associate editor, Ammar Aziz.

“It is never easy to say good-bye, but at least I leave knowing I have left the operation and the team in a much better situation than when I arrived,” he wrote.

Apart from his editorship of Al-Arabiya English, Abbas is a renowned columnist and an author of an upcoming anthropology book seeking to explain London through Arab eyes. He is an international public-speaker who has given numerous talks at Middle East related events at the World Economic Forum (Davos), Institute of Public Diplomacy (Berlin), Aspen Institute Italia as well as the European Parliament and the House of Lords.

Arab News was established in Saudi Arabia in 1975and was the first publication of SRMG. It boasts an archive of over 40 years of local and international news coverage and was home to a number of various influential English-speaking editors and journalists.

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