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Orient News (in Arabic تلفزيون أورينت) is a Syrian media group owned by Syrian businessman, journalist and opposition figure Ghassan Aboud,[1] based in Dubai, providing news service to the Middle East with a focus on Syria.

Orient News
IndustryMass media
FounderGhassan Aboud
Area served
ProductsTV and radio
ServicesOrient News Channel, Orient Radio, Orient Net, Orient Vision


Orient Media Network[2][3] started with Orient News TV.[4][5] After a study, it was evident that there were no specialized satellite channels specified for the Syrian viewer. Private non-Syrian channels typically used dialects of Arabic not used in Syrian society, which varies socially and culturally. The owner of the group, Ghassan Aboud launched media projects for television, film and radio production, which were eventually broadcast in several countries: Orient Vision for educational broadcasts, the Orient Net website and Orient radio.

Plans for launching of a channel were disclosed by Abboud end of 2007, and test broadcasts started by May 2008 with logo of the station and music from Fairuz. Official broadcasts and programming started on 2 February 2009. Programming is a mixture of Syrian and international news, political, cultural, social and sports programs and television series, comedies, reality shows and long feature films. The station was broadcasting through Damascus when Syrian Internal Security Forces raided the station on July 27, 2010 stopping its broadcasts and putting pressure on station employees to leave their jobs. Ghassan Abboud moved the operations where he resumed broadcasting. Signals of the broadcasts can be received on both Nilesat and Arabsat and online through the website of the station.

Orient News TV ChannelEdit

Orient News
LaunchedFebruary 2009
Owned byGhassan Aboud
Sloganمن سمع ليس كمن رأى
LanguageArabic Kurdish
Nilesat 201 (7°W)11957 V 27500 5/6
Arabsat Badr-4 (26°E)11603 H 27500 3/4
Hotbird11679 H 27500 3/4
11642 H 27500 3/4
Streaming media
Orient News Youtube[1]
Orient News Live[2]

Orient News TV, based in UAE,[6] and broadcasts to Syria, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Orient News TV [7][8] aims to address Syrian viewers [9][10] in specific and the Arab world in general,[11] with cultural and entertainment programming as well as information and news.[12]

Orient TV opened in Damascus in February 2009, employing 149 Syrians. However the government soon had doubts about having granted a license to Orient TV, and in July 2009 Syrian security forces raided Orient TV’s offices. As a consequence Orient TV moved to Dubai.[13] The station began broadcasting outside of Syria with coverage of the first civil courts established in Idlib province.[14]

The station presents a series of varied programs,[13][15] including news,[16][17] cultural, political, social, and children's programs.[18]

Live Point Art ProductionEdit

Live Point Foundation is a service supplying foreign and Arabic channels with economic, social and political news and current events in the Arab region. Services include producing and broadcasting news reports, various news and studio and live windows services, as well as drama and film production, different TV shows, dubbing, subtitling and distribution. The headquarters of the foundation is in Dubai - United Arab Emirates and has affiliates in both Jordan and Istanbul.

Orient Net websiteEdit

Orient Net is an independent electronic newspaper, related to Orient Media Group, concerned with Syrian affairs on all political, economic and social levels. In addition, it specifies a space for the news in addition to several divisions such as Orient forums, weekly columns, culture and art news. The site specifies an important division to Orient TV shows.

The site depends on a group of expert journalists and writers in such field.[19]

The site aims to be editorially independent;[20] it does not follow any of the political trends and international and regional alliances.

The website was hacked by ISIS on 11 February 2015, with direct threats targeting the owner and employees of the institution.[21][22]

Orient Vision Studies CenterEdit

Orient Vision Center is specialized at studies and researches related to Syria. It aims to provide studies of identity to country where different communities and ethnic groups coexist for so long.

The Center is concerned with field studies that attempt to monitor the daily variables that affect the Syrian life inside and outside the country, through solid scientific and academy means, such as researchers working on ground and the direct contact with the sources of the study, approving surveys and design research questionnaires and analyzing them.

The Center organizes research workshops with senior specialists regarding topics linked to the Syrian status in order to achieve an objective vision that helps to recognize the quick developments of real life in Syria. The priority of the Center is specialized research seminars and open forums regarding specific topics, with invited guests including specialized researchers.[23]


Ghassan Aboud the founder,owner of Orient Media Network

The project's founder and owner is Syrian business man Mohammad Ghassan Aboud,[24] born in 1967. He holds a bachelor's degree in media from Damascus University in 1991. He left Syria for the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of the 1990s, and worked in public relations in the Abu Dhabi Engineers Association Branch, and was then Media Officer in the Emirates Equestrian Federation and Race.

Later he moved to the business world and founded the Ghassan Aboud Foundation for Vehicles,[25] an organisation for international automotive re-export. The number of countries that deal with the institution exceeded one hundred, after which he added new groups with additional activities to become Ghassan Aboud Group.[26]

In 2008, he established his media project where the first phase included launching satellite channel[27] addressing the Arab families in general, and the Syrian one in espesial, taking into consideration the Arab youth generation that forms 60% of the total population.[28][29] The establishment of Live Point TV Production Foundation, followed by Orient Net Website, Radio Orient and Orient Center for Studies, also accompanied the TV establishment.


  1. ^ MideastWire: Orient TV founder on the mechanics of corruption in Syria
  2. ^ "Syria: Opposition reporters and clandestine networks". al akhbar.
  3. ^ Car bomb kills 14 in Syrian town on Turkish border: activists
  4. ^ Orient News team abducted in Syria
  5. ^ Orient TV’s employees threatened
  6. ^ the UAE-based satellite channel Orient TV, which had its Damascus office closed down after it was forcefully bought out by Assad's cousin, Makhlouf
  7. ^ "Syria's Exile Economy: Entrepreneurs Flee War Zone". ibtimes.
  8. ^ Syrian Orient TV’s Daily News Bulletin in English
  9. ^ Human Rights Report: Syria
  10. ^ "Syria profile". BBC.
  11. ^ "Syria:Barrage of Barrel Bombs". hrw.
  12. ^ 3 journalists from Syrian opposition television channel Orient News die in missile attack, Committee to Protect Journalists says
  13. ^ a b Elizabeth Dickinson (24 November 2015). "Syria's media war". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  14. ^ First civil courts established in Idlib province
  16. ^ Syria conflict: Journalists killed in missile attack
  17. ^ Journalist death toll rises in Syria with Al Jazeera, Orient TV killing
  18. ^ Yalla Nehna kids show
  19. ^ Timeline of violations against freedom of information in Iraq and Syria
  20. ^ "Press and Cultural freedom violations in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine". marcopolis.
  21. ^ ISIS hacked Orient TV website
  22. ^ ISIS hack Orient News website on the internet
  23. ^ "70 Media Employees Killed In 2013". wan-ifra.
  24. ^ Syria Awareness Events at Harvard University
  25. ^ About Aboud Cars
  26. ^ about Gassan Aboud Group
  27. ^ Orient TV founder on the mechanics of corruption in Syria
  28. ^ "Three Orient News journalists killed in Syria". CPJ.
  29. ^ "Orient News team abducted in Syria". ifex.

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