Al-Baghdadia TV is an independent television station that broadcasts in the Arabic language and is available via Hot Bird. This general entertainment satellite channel is based in Cairo, despite being Iraqi owned. Viewers can expect to see a variety of programmes, from serious news based output dealing with current affairs, to entertaining shows, and those which give advice relating to many different aspects of daily life.
Al-Baghdadia TV’s morning show, Al Baghdadia Wa El Nas, is one of its most popular and well-known; here people from Iraq can call in to share their opinions and experiences. The programme also deals with health issues, reports on recent local events, educational slots, sports results and cultural excursions.
During the day the Al-Baghdadia schedule is punctuated with news bulletins which feature journalists reporting on location. Indeed, many TV stations from abroad often rely on Al Baghdadia for more detailed information on stories from Iraq. Elsewhere, other programmes look at themes such as politics and economics, but there are also a wealth of entertainment shows on offer. Some feature in the TV guide daily, whilst others are only broadcast once a week.
Arts programmes are popular with audiences, providing an insightful view of Iranian culture, from dance to music and literature. However, sport is equally prominent in the Al Baghdadia schedules, with a raft of journalists reporting on sporting events from across the world. As part of the Hot Bird satellite network of channels, Al Baghdadia can be viewed across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Minor.