Sky News has appointed Nart Bouran as director of news for the 24-hour Arabic rolling news channel it plans to launch with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Bouran joins Sky News Arabia from Thomson Reuters where he was director of Television for the Reuters News Agency.
In his new role Bouran will have overall responsibility for the channel including delivering its editorial standards and business goals following launch in Spring, 2012.
John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: "Sky News Arabia promises to deliver news to the MENA region in a fresh and modern way.
"Nart's huge experience in working on major stories around the world, and particularly in the Middle East, will ensure we do just that."