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Saudi-backed media group MBC is set to launch a new free-to-air satellite TV channel for its viewers in the Maghreb on 21 September.
MBC launches MB5 for Magreb 16 Sept 2019
The addition of the new channel is in line with the company’s five-year growth plan “to provide first-rate content tailored to audiences around the world” MBC said in a statement.

MBC promises the family entertainment channel, MBC5 (referred to MBC Cinq in French), will be faithful to and enrich North Africa’s cultural and historical heritage. It also aims to increase local content production, and so contribute to the promotion and expansion of the industry.

In a statement, MBC said “the launch of MBC5 is expected to benefit the target countries’ economic development and employment, through new investments in the region’s media sector, as well as the creation of new jobs, especially for first-time employees/the youth market”.

The channel’s launch, on the evening of 21 September, will be marked by the exclusive broadcast of the first episode of popular talent show The Voice  Season 5.

In addition, MBC5 will deliver new Maghrebi Arabic and standard modern Arabic productions including Al Dar Darkoum, an original comedy produced by GoPro, featuring the popular comedy duo Driss et Mehdi, as well as Jwabak Dahab, a show fronted by Mourad El Achabi and produced by Cinetelema that focuses on Moroccan street theatre.

Other shows include the series Asrar Al-Nissaa concerning the life and secrets of a group of girlfriends. Also produced by Cinetelema, Asrar Al-Nissaa stars Moroccan actresses Badia Senhaji, Maha Bukhari, Maria Nadim and Soukaina Derbile.

Light entertainment show Khali Balak Men Fifi, presented by Fifi Abdo and Zineb Obaid, will bring together a host of Moroccan and Arab celebrities, while Cheb Khaled will front variety show Khaled w Ahbabo. Another entertainment programme, Jalassat Maa Najat will be presented by Moroccan signer Najat Aatabou.
Other highlights include Strike Ma3 Hamza Filali, presented by the Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor Hamza Filali, and Masrah El Maghreb (Theatre of Maghreb), broadcast from Casablanca, with weekly live performances that will continue until next Ramadan.

MBC has been broadcasting across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since 1991, however this is its first targeted Maghreb channel.