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News TV Channel / BBC Arabic Television is a television news channel broadcast to the Arab World by the BBC. It was launched at 0956 GMT & 1256 Moscow Standard Time on 11 March 2008. It is run by the BBC World Service and funded from the British television licence fee. In 1994, BBC Arabic Television was launched by Rome-based Orbit Communications Company (owned by King Fahd’s cousin, Prince Khalid ibn Abdullah) and a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Mawarid Holding. On 21 April 1996, it was “pulled off the air” following an episode of Panorama that was critical of the Saudi Arabian government. Ian Richardson, who set up the news department during that time blamed the short life of the channel on a clash with the owners over content.