Launched in 2002, Radio Sawa is an Arabic-language radio network that broadcasts news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with more than 370 newscasts per week. Newscasts range in length from 30-minute in-depth reports (including interviews and analysis) to 90-second headline reports. Radio Sawa’s flexible format permits the station to respond quickly to developing news events and expand both newscasts and live coverage as required. News and current affairs programs make up approximately a third of Radio Sawa’s programming schedule. In addition to news, Radio Sawa provides analysis of current events, sports and features on a wide variety of political and social issues combined with an upbeat mix of the best Western and Arabic popular music.
Radio Sawa maintains an active all-news website (www.radiosawa.com) which provides both up to the minute news and information as well as live streaming audio. In addition to the latest headlines, RadioSawa.com also has reports on the latest news in technology, sports, business and the arts.
Radio Sawa is operated by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN). MBN is financed through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency funded by the U.S. Congress. The BBG oversees MBN and acts as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.