ABU DHABI: Sky News Arabia is pleased to announce highly experienced media industry and journalism leader Angelos Frangopoulos AM has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Editor. In his new role, Frangopoulos will be responsible for the company's global programming operations for all its broadcast, digital and radio platforms. Sky News Arabia, a 24 hour Arabic language news channel based in Abu Dhabi, is a joint venture between Sky Plc. and ADMIC.
Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform news organization that delivers Arabic-language news on a free-to-air news channel, website and mobile devices. It is broadcast to 50 million households and employs more than 500 staff across the Middle East, London and Washington.
ANC was founded in 1996 as a joint venture between Sky Plc, Nine Network Australia and Seven Network Australia. It was acquired by News Corporation in December 2016.
In his new role, Angelos will be responsible for the strategic direction, business growth, digital expansion, commercial performance and editorial guidelines of the organization. Supported by the Sky News Arabia editorial board, he will also be responsible for setting the editorial direction of the organization. The day-to-day content and news cycle will be headed by recently announced Head of News, Hani Abu Ayyash
Abu Ayyash, who has been Acting Head of News since January 2018, was recently confirmed as Sky News Arabia’s Head of News and will manage all content production on Sky News Arabia’s TV, website and social media platforms, as well as Sky News radio broadcasting via internet and shortwave.
Sky Plc. Group Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Sky News Arabia, Andrew Grifith said: “We are delighted that Angelos has taken on this new opportunity at Sky News Arabia. With an extensive track record of expanding businesses, exceptional leadership and driving operational efficiency through innovation, we believe that Angelos is the right fit for Sky News Arabia and will take it to new heights. In just over five years, Sky News has become one of the top news channels in the Middle East and beyond and we look forward to further expanding the channel’s reach as we continue to deliver news to and from the region.”
Incoming CEO and Managing Editor Angelos Frangopoulos said: “I'm very much looking forward to working with the joint venture partners to grow the company's journalism and business activities across the region and internationally.”
“Digital innovation is critical to the global growth of any media business, especially so in a region where younger and highly technologically literate audiences are the key demographic,” he added.
“I’m excited at the opportunity to help build on Sky News Arabia’s digital achievements to date with new products, services and strategic partnerships.
“I've been very honoured to be part of the growth of Sky News in Australia and I'm eager to meet the team in Abu Dhabi to further the reach and impact of Sky News Arabia."
Mr Frangopoulos is currently Chair of the Walkley Advisory Board, which oversees the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, and a trustee of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism. He is also Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW, a board member of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Chair of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University and is Pro-Chancellor (Sydney) at Charles Sturt University.
In 2018 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to broadcasting, higher education, the promotion of journalistic standards and services to the community. He was awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) in 2014.
Prior to joining ANC, Mr Frangopoulos held positions at Nine Network Australia and later at Sky News in London. He began his journalism career at Prime Television Orange and Canberra.
He will join Sky News Arabia later in 2018.
About Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia (SNA) is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (ADMIC) and the UK-based Sky plc in UK. The channel is based in Abu Dhabi and is a multiplatform news institution that broadcasts news in Arabic via aHD channel, a website and applications on smart and mobile devices, as well as through most social media platforms.
SNA offers unique content andcomprehensive coverage of news from the MENA region and the world through an integrated network of more than 500 journalists, who work together with a team of technicians and subject matter experts. SNA broadcasts to more than 50 million homes in HD and SD format. SNA has 26 offices in the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to its offices in London and Washington. SNA also cooperates with a global office network and shares access to Sky News' wider international bureaus network. www.skynewsarabia.com.
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