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US-Funded Al-Hurra TV Streaming Live on Internet

Text of press release by US-based Middle East Broadcasting Networks on 4 June

Springfield, Virginia, 3 June: The Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) unveiled its new online streaming of Al-Hurra, the Arabic-language television network. For the first time people across the globe can tune into the internet to watch Al-Hurra, the premier network for accurate and objective news and information. Audiences can click on "Live Stream" on www.alhurra.com to get the most up-to- date news and information from the Middle East, US and around the world. The online video will be broadcast 24/7 and include all of Al- Hurra's original programming including newscasts and current affairs programmes. In the coming months, the site will post archives of all Al-Hurra produced programmes so that viewers can see any of the shows that they have missed.

"The internet is an important element of any media organization and MBN has always been a trimedia outlet in the Middle East with Al- Hurra TV, Radio Sawa and Radio Sawa's all-news website (www.radiosawa.com). However, with the addition of live internet streaming, MBN becomes a truly multimedia broadcasting organization," stated MBN President Brian Conniff.

Al-Hurra (Arabic for "The Free One") is devoted primarily to news and information and broadcasts to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Surveys show that Al-Hurra has a weekly audience of more than 20 million people. In addition to reporting on regional and international events, the channel broadcasts discussion programmes, current affairs magazines and features on a variety of subjects including health and personal fitness, entertainment, sports, fashion, and science and technology. The channel is dedicated to presenting accurate, balanced and comprehensive news.

Al-Hurra is broadcast on the Nilesat and Arabsat satellites to the Middle East, the same satellites used by the major regional Arabic channels. In Europe, Al-Hurra is available on the Hotbird satellite system. Al-Hurra is operated by the non-profit corporation "The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc" (MBN). MBN is financed through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency funded by the US Congress. The BBG oversees MBN and acts as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters. For more information on Al-Hurra go to www.alhurra.com.

Contact: Deirdre Kline - dkline@alhurra.com; director of communications, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc; 703-852- 9250

Originally published by Middle East Broadcasting Networks press release, Springfield (Virginia) in English 4 Jun 08.

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