Al Arabiya topped the list of most watched news channels in Egypt in 2011, a poll from TNS showed on Thursday.
The poll found that Al Arabiya was the top-rated Arabic-language satellite news channel in the country. It came in 26th place in the list of the most watched channels in general. Al Jazeera was listed in 39th place, while the Nile News channel came in 57th place.
Egypt’s al-Hayat channel came on top of the most-watched channels list.
The poll result reflects Al Arabiya’s commitment to professionalism, unaffected by any kind of political pressure, especially in its successful coverage of the Arab Spring, according to media experts.
Mahmoud Youssef, professor of media at the Cairo University, said that the poll's results did not surprise him.
“Getting rid of any kind of political pressure is the main base that makes a channel excel over the rest, and it is the only means by which a channel gains the trust of viewers,” he said.
Youssef added that Al Arabiya places “news value” as its first priority. “Having a huge number of correspondents and reporters in the hot spots also makes a big difference. Al Arabiya is characterized by its high professionalism and respect when it comes to freedom of speech,” he said.
(Translated from Arabic by Abeer Tayel.)