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Sky News has appointed Thomson Reuters executive Nart Bouran to become director of news for its forthcoming Arabic 24-hour rolling news channel.

In November last year, Sky agreed a deal with a private investment company to launch a Sky News-branded Arabic-language channel offering "independent, impartial and innovative" news coverage across the Middle East.

Bouran, currently director of television for the Reuters News Agency, will have overall responsibility for Sky News Arabia, including all editorial standards and business goals.

Sky said that his appointment is the "first in a series" for Sky News Arabia, a 50/50 joint venture with HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp (ADMIC). The channel will launch across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in spring 2012.

In his 20-year journalism career, Bouran has extensively covered major stories in the Middle East, including Iraq, Algeria, Libya and Yemen, as well as the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prior to joining Reuters, he was director general of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, and director of news for Abu Dhabi TV.

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining Sky News Arabia and am looking forward to the challenge ahead," said Bouran.

"Our aim is to offer a fresh and exciting channel with a new approach to covering news and analysis which will make Sky News Arabia the must-view channel across the MENA region."

John Ryley, head of Sky News, added: "I'm delighted Nart has come on board as our new director of news. Sky News Arabia promises to deliver news to the MENA region in a fresh and modern way.

"Nart's huge experience in working on major stories around the world, and particularly in the Middle East, will ensure we do just that."

Sky said that multiplatform content for Sky News Arabia will be created and delivered by more than 180 multimedia journalists, backed by a full technical and operations team.

The channel will be based in new studios in Abu Dhabi's twofour54 media zone and draw from newsgathering bureaux across MENA, as well as London and Washington DC. The broadcaster will also have access to the Sky News network of international bureaux.

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