Audiences in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East can now enjoy a range of BBC radio programmes in two streams - Arabic and English. Both languages are available in digital quality sound, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to a renewed partnership between the BBC World Service and the satellite operator Arabsat.

Simon Kendall, Business Development Manager, BBC World Service, said: We are delighted to be renewing our already long standing relationship with Arabsat. This agreement will ensure that substantial audiences across the Arab world will have easy access to both our English and Arabic radio services.

Khalid Balkhyour, Arabsat President & CEO, welcomed the expansion of BBC Arabic and English broadcasts on Arabsat, wishing them every success: BBC World Service radio enjoys a well established reputation throughout the Middle East for high quality news coverage, and we are proud to be their partner in delivering their services to our audience of 130 million listeners.

Recent reconfiguration of the Arabsat bouquet means that established BBC listeners via Arabsat will need to retune their receivers. The BBC services are available on the multiplex operating frequency 11.861 MHz, FEC 3/4 Symbol rate 27 500. The channel IDs are 20 for BBC Arabic and 21 for BBC English.