CGTN Arabic

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CGTN Arabic
Logo of the channel starting 2017
Logo of the channel starting 2017.
Launched July 25, 2009; 9 years ago (2009-07-25)
Owned by China Global Television Network
(subsidiary of China Central Television)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Country China
Language Arabic
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Beijing, China
Formerly called CCTV-Arabic (2009–2016)
Sister channel(s)
Badr-6 (Middle East) 11785 V / 27500 / 3/4 (SD)
Nilesat 201 (Middle East) 12015 V / 27500 / 5/6 (SD)
Eutelsat 9B (Europe) 11996 V / 27500 / 3/4 (SD)
Apstar-7 (China) 3831 H / 15050 / 3/4 (C-Band / SD)
Chinasat-6B (China) 4116 H / 21374 / 3/4 (C-Band / SD)
OSN (MENA) Channel 461 (SD)
Maroc Telecom (Morocco) Channel 107 (SD)
Streaming media
CNTV Ai Bugu (China) Watch live (SD)

CGTN Arabic (Arabic: سي جي تي أن العربية‎), formerly CCTV-Arabic (Arabic: سي سي تي في العربية‎), is an Arabic language television channel owned by China Global Television Network, a subsidiary of China Central Television.

Former logo of the channel (2009–2016).


On July 25, 2009, CCTV launched its Arabic-language international channel, stating that it aims to maintain stronger links with Arabic nations and that the new channel will "serve as an important bridge to strengthen communication and understanding between China and Arab countries".[1] The free-to-air channel reaches the Middle East and North Africa by Arabsat BADR-6 and Nilesat 201, Europe by Eurobird 9 and Asia-Pacific region by Chinasat 6B. The channel is also broadcast in traditional and high-definition format on its official website CCTV also has plans for a Russian-language channel.[2] The channel is open for view to an audience of potentially 300 million in 22 countries, through the use of satellite television.[2]

Development and Funding[edit]

The South China Morning Post reported that CCTV was prepared to spend 45 billion yuan (US$9.5 billion) into the development of the channel, a claim unconfirmed by official sources.[2]


The channel broadcasts entirely in Arabic, with programs from the four categories of news, feature stories, entertainment and education. Each program is broadcast six times per day, while news reports are regularly updated. The channel will gradually increase the number of programs as it develops.[1]

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