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Orbit News is network of three 24 hour satellite and cable channels offering exclusivly American news programming to viewers abroad, primarily geared towards an Arab audience. The network is available on digital satellite and cable in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

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Background

Orbit News is broadcast by Orbit Showtime, the leading Pay-TV companies in the Middle-East and North Africa. Orbit's headquarters are located in Bahrain.

Orbit News offers live coverage from major U.S. news networks such as ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News & CBS. Morning shows such as NBC's Today are followed by news magazine programs, documentaries, and financial shows. Furthermore, MSNBC and Fox News are offered for more up-to-the-minute world, business, technology and entertainment news and weather.

In 2005 Orbit News stoped carring CBS News programming. Removed from the schedule was "60 Minutes," "Up to the Minute," "Early Show Live," "48 Hours," "CBS Evening News" and "Face the Nation," with no prior notice to subscribers as to what had happened. FOX News was now on the docket, a network that had never previously been part of the programming package - and viewers were upset, voicing their displeasure on internet message boards.

While no public statement has yet to be made about this change, a spokesperson from Orbit responded to a request for information in this matter. Based on the company's statement, it appears that there is a contractual issue between Orbit and CBS. Orbit spokersperson Alia Shaikho informed that "Fox News Live programming has been added to our ongoing news programs on a temporary basis and mainly airs at off-peak hours."

In 2009 two new channels were lunched, Orbit News 2 and Orbit News 3, offering extended coverage of American News from MSNBC and ABC.

Channels

The Orbit Network launched 2 more Orbit News channels for extensive coverage of news, plus the original Orbit News channel:

  • Orbit News 1 (Non-stop coverage from the leading news networks: ABC, NBC, PBS, BBC and MSNBC).
  • Orbit News 2 (MSNBC extensive live coverage 24/24).
  • Orbit News 3 (Extended ABC coverage).

List of Some Shows on Orbit News

Reception details

In the Middle East & North Africa, the channel broadcasts on Nilesat 101 at 7.0°W. In Europe, the channel broadcasts on Atlantic Bird 2 at 8.0°W.

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