The battle for Arab eyeballs…

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The battle for Arab eyeballs is about to be joined by new TV stations hoping to challenge Al-Jazeera, which has been shut out of Jordan and Kuwait.

The main challenger is Al-Arabiya, a 24-hour news channel that promises to be more advertiser friendly than Al-Jazeera. In an interview, Al-Arabiya’s news director positions the station as a hybrid of CNN and the BBC, and predicts a better working relationship with government officials than Al-Jazeera has.

The U.S. is also preparing to launch an Arabic language station in the Middle East.

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