Israel’s i24NEWS and UAE’s Abu Dhabi Media Sign MoU to Collaborate
i24 News – i24NEWS, the international news network based in Israel, broadcasting in Arabic, English and French, and Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see both media companies collaborate on multiple fronts including shared reporting and library content, as well as production exchange.
The MoU is in line with Abu Dhabi Media and i24NEWS’ aim to deliver innovative, audience-centric content, while enhancing and expanding the digital offering.
Frank Melloul, CEO and founder of i24NEWS, said: “As an international news network, we aspire to expand collaborations with platforms around the world. This is another step that will enable the expansion of our activities and we especially welcome it, as this is a leading partner in the Middle East, which we are covering extensively. This partnership between i24NEWS and Abu Dhabi Media illustrates the many possibilities that have opened up to us in the wake of the Abraham Accords. Such collaboration between two media outlets will benefit first and foremost our viewers around the world, who will receive comprehensive coverage and diverse voices that together optimally reflect the events in the new Middle East.”
#i24NEWS CEO @frankmelloul on the signing of historic cooperation agreement with @AbuDhabiMedia: ‘A big day for i24NEWS, it’s a dream that became a reality…a new reality in the Middle East.’ pic.twitter.com/vRRljws7JI
— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) December 7, 2020
AbdulRaheem Al Bateeh Al Nuaimi, acting general manager at Abu Dhabi Media said, “Abu Dhabi Media is always keen to work with media agencies and television service providers who seek to offer diverse and quality content with the highest levels of professionalism. This agreement is a reflection of our commitment towards the UAE vision as well as its ambitions by establishing strong and solid relationships with various institutions and media organizations on a regional and global level.”
He added, “The media industry requires strong strategic alliances to achieve sustainability, creativity as well as to enhance the quality of output. Our collaboration with i24NEWS will enable us to strengthen our respective production capabilities and provide distinctive media content.”
The MoU will enable both media organizations to provide shared news reporting through correspondents in UAE and Israel, with a focus on Arab language news reports and interviews. The two entities will also exchange content such as national reporting, documentaries, archival materials, in addition to technical cooperation in the field of news and television broadcasting technology.