MoU marks a historic first-of-its-kind media collaboration in the region with Israel-based i24News
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster, and i24NEWS, an international news network based in Israel that broadcasts in Arabic, English and French from studios in Jaffa Port, the US and Europe, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see both media companies collaborate on multiple fronts including shared reporting and library content, as well as production exchange.
The MoU is in line with the aim of Abu Dhabi Media and ‘i24NEWS’ to deliver innovative, audience-centric content while enhancing and expanding the digital offering.
AbdulRaheem Al Bateeh Al Nuaimi, Acting General Manager at Abu Dhabi Media said, “Abu Dhabi Media is always keen to work with media agencies and television service providers who seek to offer diverse and quality content with the highest levels of professionalism. This agreement is a reflection of our commitment towards the UAE vision as well as its ambitions by establishing strong and solid relationships with various institutions and media organizations on a regional and global level.”
He added, “The media industry requires strong strategic alliances to achieve sustainability, creativity as quality content that is engaging to our audiences. Our collaboration with i24NEWS will enable us to strengthen our respective production capabilities and provide distinctive media content.”
The MoU will enable both media organizations to provide shared news reporting through correspondents in UAE and Israel, with a focus on Arab language news reports and interviews. The two entities will also exchange content such as national reporting, documentaries and archival materials, in addition to technical cooperation in the field of news and television broadcasting technology.
Frank Melloul, CEO and founder of i24NEWS, said: “As an international news network, we aspire to expand collaborations with platforms around the world. This is another step that will enable the expansion of our activities and we especially welcome it, as Abu Dhabi Media is a leading partner in the Middle East, a region which we are covering extensively. This partnership between i24NEWS and Abu Dhabi Media illustrates the many possibilities that have opened up to us in the wake of the Abraham Accords. Such collaboration between two media outlets will benefit first and foremost with viewers around the world, who will receive comprehensive coverage and diverse voices that together optimally reflect the events in the new Middle East”.
This partnership takes place after the signed peace agreement between UAE and Israel.
Launched in July 2013, i24NEWS is part of the Altice Group, owned by respected businessman Patrick Drahi and since its inception has been led by CEO Frank Melloul.
About Abu Dhabi Media:
Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) is the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company that focuses on developing, producing and distributing unique premium content, covering news, entertainment, sports and culture to a wide array of demographics across the Arab World.
Established in 1969, in line with the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ADM has become one of the largest media companies in the Middle East and GCC regions and has a major role in fulfilling and promoting the key pillars of the UAE.
Focusing on digital first content, ADM’s portfolio includes exclusively digital assets, as well as digital and traditional platforms for its TV, radio, and print assets.
ADM is also available on Smart TV applications, including Apple TV and Android TV, delivering streaming, catch-up and video on demand services on ADTV and AD Sports. Also, the new addition of AD Radio’s digital platforms and applications features audio and podcast streaming across the radio assets.
Today, ADM includes 23 media assets, as well as two subsidiaries – Tawzea and UPP.
Abu Dhabi Media is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.
In July 2013, i24NEWS launched three new news channels in English, French and Arabic. From its specially-built studios in Jaffa Port, on the shore of the Mediterranean, the channel began broadcasting international news alongside extensive coverage of the Middle East. From its first broadcast until today the channel is fulfilling its vision of broadcasting quality, unbiased, reliable reports to the world accompanied by a wide range of viewpoints, analysis and opinions.
In addition to up-to-the-minute news, the channel also features a wide variety of current affairs shows and reports on such subjects as economy, defense, sport, hi-tech, and culture. magazine shows and special interviews are broadcast between the hourly news updates. Great emphasis is placed on hosting panel discussions featuring guests with different and differing views, to better illustrate the complexity of stories. As the only truly independent international news channel in the Middle East, i24NEWS television channels and websites cover a wide range of topics, and place them on the day’s news agenda.
I24NEWS’ unique coverage is to a large extent due to the special make-up of the channel – more than 150 journalists who hail from 35 different countries and who work effortlessly together.
In 2017, after only four years on air, i24NEWS expanded into the North American market and opened bureaus in the United States. Today, the channel has studios in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Paris, New York, Washington and Los Angeles and deploys correspondents all over the world. i24NEWS is broadcast around the world through satellite and cable platforms. The channel continues to garner viewers and is now available to one billion households.
Although i24NEWS has been broadcasting for only a few years, it continues to gain international recognition as a source of reliable and accurate information. i24NEWS reports and interviews are regularly cited in other media, exemplifying the regard in which the channel is held.