The international news network from Israel, i24NEWS, and Abu Dhabi Media, the United Arab Emirates’ public service broadcaster have inked a memorandum of understanding that will see the outlets partner in a variety of fields, including through a shared reporting and library content and product exchange.
According to Frank Melloul, CEO and founder of i24NEWS, “As an international news network, we aspire to expand collaborations with platforms around the world. This is another step that will enable the expansion of our activities and we especially welcome it, as this is a leading partner in the Middle East, which we are covering extensively. This partnership between i24NEWS and Abu Dhabi Media illustrates the many possibilities that have opened up to us in the wake of the Abraham Accords. Such collaboration between two media outlets will benefit first and foremost our viewers around the world, who will receive comprehensive coverage and diverse voices that together optimally reflect the events in the new Middle East.”
On the other hand, the Acting General Manager at Abu Dhabi Media, AbdulRaheem Al Bateeh Al Nuaimi, stated, “Abu Dhabi Media is always keen to work with media agencies and television service providers who seek to offer diverse and quality content with the highest levels of professionalism. This agreement is a reflection of our commitment towards the UAE vision as well as its ambitions by establishing strong and solid relationships with various institutions and media organizations on a regional and global level.”
The MoU will allow both media organisations to offer shared news reporting through correspondents in UAE and Israel, with a focus on Arab language news reports and interviews.
This partnership was made possible thanks to the recently announced peace deals between Israel and three Arab countries, first of which was the UAE. The agreements are known as the Abraham Accords.