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This was created as a way to broadcast British views to the Arab world. This was partly in response to the Italian Literary Arabic language radio broadcasts that were transmitted by medium wave from Bari , and also in short wave from Rome, beginning in In the years leading up to the establishment of the BBC Literary Arabic language service, there were plans by the British Foreign Office to set up radio broadcasts based in Cyprus. The BBC Arabic service started in as minute broadcasts. In the broadcasts had grown to 1 hour and 25 minutes, and close to two hours by The first broadcasts in featured one news bulletin. Later, by , a second news bulletin followed the morning reading of the Quran. BBC Arabic broadcasts programs and hourly news bulletins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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It was launched on 11 March On 21 April , 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. When it became clear to Orbit and Mawarid that it had, in their terms, created a monster not prepared to toe the Saudi line, it was only a matter of time before there would be a final parting of the ways. Plans to relaunch the channel were announced in October and broadcasting was to start in Autumn , but was delayed until The channel eventually relaunched at GMT on 11 March , with the first news bulletin airing at the top of the hour at Initially broadcasting for 12 hours a day, hour programming began on 19 January
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Taoumi is in the middle of asking a question when she is interrupted by a rattling sound. The video shows her looking up, then standing up a second before the wall of the office implodes with a loud roar, sending paper and debris everywhere. The camera is covered by something red for several seconds while the roar and sounds of screaming are heard. Read more: Beirut explosion: Negligence suspected in handling of chemicals as probe begins. Al-Asil seems frozen in those first few seconds, but his face drops once the camera goes red. He then moves his camera to the side and a woman in a mask leans into view. Both of them look alarmed, and the woman puts her hand over her heart.