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This was created as a way to broadcast British views to the Arab world. This was partly in response to the Italian Literary Arabic language radio broadcasts that were transmitted by medium wave from Bari , and also in short wave from Rome, beginning in In the years leading up to the establishment of the BBC Literary Arabic language service, there were plans by the British Foreign Office to set up radio broadcasts based in Cyprus. The BBC Arabic service started in as minute broadcasts. In the broadcasts had grown to 1 hour and 25 minutes, and close to two hours by The first broadcasts in featured one news bulletin. Later, by , a second news bulletin followed the morning reading of the Quran. BBC Arabic broadcasts programs and hourly news bulletins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It was launched on 11 March On 21 April , it was "pulled off the air"  following an episode of Panorama that was critical of the Saudi Arabian government. Ian Richardson, who set up the news department during that time blamed the short life of the channel on a clash with the owners over content. When it became clear to Orbit and Mawarid that it had, in their terms, created a monster not prepared to toe the Saudi line, it was only a matter of time before there would be a final parting of the ways.