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Arabic Christian TV Channel SAT 7 Launches Two New Channels
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The once-thought impossible Christian-targeted broadcast in the Arab world is soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The first Arabic Christian Television Channel SAT-7 announced that it will go live with its anniversary event on May 31 and plans to launch two new channels.
Despite the skepticism, SAT-7 went on the air on May 31, 1996. A group of 20 local churches and international ministries partnered together to create a media enterprise owned and directed by a Middle Eastern board and staff. With the blessing of local churches and recognition from national governments, the Arabic channel began a weekly broadcast of two hours.
“Part of the SAT-7 vision is providing Arab Christians with a medium through which they can contribute to the good of society, and these positive social-impact programs are doing just that,” said the Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, Senior Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, and SAT-7’s chairman. “Unfortunately, in many parts of our region, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about who Arab Christians are and about their role, both historic and current, in building and improving society.”
Christians account for approximately four percent of the Arab world today. SAT-7 serves to empower these Christians by providing them with inspirational and educational programs. Some five to six million people watch the channel each week, according to Intermedia research. And as viewers keep increasing, many also accept Jesus Christ into their lives.