Al Arabiya TV reports that it has signed a content-sharing agreement with Saudi Gazette. Al Arabiya, owned by the Saudi-owned MBC Group, appears to be joining up with Saudi Gazette, part of the Okaz Group, to better compete against the dominant Saudi Research and Marketing Group, publisher of Arab News, Asharq Alawsat, and many other publications.
January 20, 2013 – Saudi Arabia’s long-established English-language daily, The Saudi Gazette and Al Arabiya English, the English online portal of the region’s leading news channel, Al Arabiya, have entered a general cooperation agreement.
The agreement will see The Saudi Gazette and Al Arabiya English cooperating closely to provide readers of both outlets with a broader scope of relevant news and insightful views.
Commenting on the agreement; Mr. Khaled Al-Maeena, Editor-in-Chief of The Saudi Gazette said “We are pleased to cooperate as we believe Al Arabiya’s professional editorial services will add value and a new dimension to our newspaper’s journalistic offerings”
“I have met Mr. Abbas and his team and was impressed by their dedication and professional abilities; we hope the cooperation between the two teams will provide further insight of this part of the world for English language readers” he added.
For his part, Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s English language portal said that this agreement brings quality content closer to readers, regardless of the format.