Saudi TV, also known as KSA 1, is a Saudi Arabian television channel offering entertainment and news in a manner reflecting the country’s cultural values. Headquartered in the city of Riyadh and available in the Arabic language, this free satellite station delivers programmes focused on global political, economic and cultural issues, while also devoting much of its airtime to the practice of the Islamic religion. It provides broadcasts of prayer services, clerical teachings and religious ceremonies for the faithful wherever they may be around the world.
Notable among other things for being the very first TV channel launched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi TV is wholly owned by the state. Despite the importance it attaches to religion, it is also a general entertainment channel aimed at a broad general public. To this end, it airs drama series, cultural shows and religious programmes as well as newscasts. But true to its Islamic heritage, it also broadcasts prayers from Mecca every day totally live.
Available nationwide across Saudi Arabia, Saudi TV can also seen free of charge in other territories such as Europe, the United States and the rest of the Arab world through the Hot Bird satellite network. The entirety of programmes broadcast on Saudi TV are in Arabic, which explains why the channel has been so well received by the Arab community living both in Saudi Arabia and across the globe.