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SAT-7 KIDS, THE FIRST ARABIC CHRISTIAN CHANNEL FOR CHILDREN TO LAUNCH ON DECEMBER 10, 2007

SAT-7 KIDS, THE FIRST ARABIC CHRISTIAN CHANNEL FOR CHILDREN TO LAUNCH ON DECEMBER 10, 2007

£500,000 Matching Grant Available To Help Make this Christmas Present to the Middle East Possible

LONDON. November 29, 2007/3mnewswire.org/-

After more than a year and a half of planning, fundraising, and creating new programmes, producers working on the SAT-7 KIDS channel are in the final stages of preparing for its first broadcast. SAT-7 KIDS will go live exactly one minute after midnight on December 10th 2007, and will be available for Arab children to watch when they wake up. “Our teams in Lebanon and Egypt have been working very hard for this day. They are extremely excited and anticipate a huge response,” says Rita El Mounayer, Director of Arabic Programming.

One hundred million children under the age of 15 live in the Arab world and at least half have access to satellite television.* This huge population of young people represent the future of the region, one currently torn by conflict, hatred and a lack of hope. Children living in the midst of strife often turn to TV as a place of safety where they can escape. TV can provide hope, new ideas and a place where young viewers often open their hearts to Christ’s message.

“Our goal is to provide a safe place for children, where they can grow, learn more about the teachings of Christ, and see the fun and bright future that God can provide for them,” says Rita.

Currently at least six other Arabic children’s channels are targeting this audience. Many of these purvey anti-Christian ideas and attitudes and some Arabic channels produce and broadcast violent programmes for children, some of which glorify martyrdom, even by children themselves. SAT-7 KIDS is the first and only channel to make quality, locally made, Christian children’s programming available 24 hours a day.

SAT-7 CEO Terence Ascott says, “On SAT-7 KIDS, viewers will see wonderful programmes for children which will include messages about love, forgiveness and turning the other cheek. We will be broadcasting cartoons, dramas, Bible stores, game shows and many kinds of programmes that will attract children and help them learn about God’s love for them and how they can walk with the Lord.”

SAT-7 KIDS will enable children to watch Arabic Christian programming any time that is convenient for them, across the five time zones in the Arab world. Entire families in the Arab world will be impacted as many parents will also be drawn to sit with their kids and take in the positive messages broadcast on SAT‑7 KIDS.


Funding is still urgently needed for this project, to pay for new equipment needed to help make the extra programmes for the channel, which will potentially reach half of the children in the Arab world! To help meet SAT-7’s needs, a supporter has pledged to give one pound for every two pounds given to the ministry, up to £500,000! If you are interested in helping reach the over 100 million children of the Arab world, please consider giving a special gift this Christmas to SAT-7 KIDS. To qualify for this special match, donations must be received by December 31st!

"Half of the homes in the Arab world today have Satellite television. This is a unique opportunity for such households to bypass the censorship on all kinds of media and to hear the Gospel," adds Mr. Ascott.
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SAT-7 KIDS can be watched on Hot Bird 6 Satellite, 13 Degrees East, Transponder 157, 11,642 MHz, Horizontal Polarity, 27.5 MSym/sec, FEC ¾

[*According to BBC reports and independent satellite television research conducted by the Arab Advisors Group.]

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29.11.07 18:57

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