Muscat: Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sayyid Taimour bin Asa’ad bin Tariq al-Said, Assistant Secretary General for International Cooperation at The Research Council opened the digital studio complex of the Public Authority for Radio and Television (PART) at Madinat Al Ialam, yesterday.
During the opening ceremony, PART brand and its TV and radio channels were launched in addition to changing their logos and the launch of trial broadcast of Oman Cultural Channel.
The launching ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Abdulmunim bin Mansour al-Hassani, Minister of Information, Dr. Abdullah bin Nassir al-Harrasi, PART Chairman and a number of ministers and undersecretaries.
The cultural channel aims to present the Omani cultural treasures represented in the Omani literary, scientific and artistic heritage of Omani scholars, consolidate the construction of historical identity of Oman and its cultural heritage, in addition to linking the historical identity of Oman with geography, where it stretched throughout its history.
The channel will take care of reproducing the history of Oman and its events in the media, as well as to shed light on all aspects of culture and its development in Oman and on the Arab and international levels.
The Cultural Channel will present a range of programmes that deal with folk poetry, by highlighting poets, in addition to interviews with folk poets.
It will include programmes called ‘Ghaim al Qaaseed,' which meets with folk poets. 'Liwan Al Shear' a poetry session with elite Omani folk poets. ‘Al Mutaranim' which provides visual pictures to some Omani poems. ‘Nagaham' which provides visualisation for a number of solo or goop music by Oud Amateurs Society. 'The Omani Library' which sheds light on major Omani books through interviews with literary scholars, academics, scientific personalities or researchers.
The Cultural Channel also includes talk show programmes on the local and Arab cultural scene, Omani Encyclopedia programme that documents various Omani places with images, and reports of landmarks and cultural topics. The 'Booh' programme converts a text to a visual picture.
‘Culture News' programme displays the latest cultural developments in the Sultanate, ' Culture in a week' programme highlights the major cultural events in the Sultanate and the world, in addition to reports about cultural issues.
The Cultural Channel will include programmes under the titles 'Muslim scholars’, ‘modern arts’, ‘secrets of the universe’ , ‘adventure of archaeology’, ‘Royal Omani orchestra’ symphonies, ‘genuine Arab’ songs, in addition to songs by Omani and Arab singers.
The Sports Channel will include a number of programmes including ‘sports newsletter program’, ‘Sport Event’, among others.
The new complex will house the latest high-quality digital broadcasting technologies. The building has 4 floors and combines modernity and architectural heritage of Oman. The systems, networks and devices in the complex are designed using the latest technologies in the field of production and television broadcast.
The new compound is a significant and advanced step for radio and television broadcasting in the Sultanate. The new building includes 4 large digital studios to produce dramas and various programmes.
The areas of the studios range between 200 and 700 square meters.
The complex includes a news centre that consists of a main hall for editing, designed according to the latest global standards with a studio for news bulletins broadcast from inside the hall, as well as 3 other digital studios for news programmes . The complex also includes 3 radio studios for news and 3 studios for broadcast and a theatre.