Leading broadcaster to the world’s top channels
ABS Network is one of the largest broadcast services companies in the Middle East and North Africa, working closely with small, medium and large broadcasters in delivering the most comprehensive set of news content production and delivery services. Backed by years of regional expertise and sound investment in the latest technologies, ABS has the unparalleled edge in presenting news of the region to the world, while expertly managing end-to-end production processes. These cover filming in full-HD to post-production, editing and distribution via satellite, fibre and online streaming.
ABS Network was founded in 1993 by Mohammed El Ajlouni, a Jordanian-American media entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in broadcast production and services across the Arab world. Having successfully built media businesses and hosted channels such as Al Hurra, Al Arabia, RT, BBC, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, KSA TV, Sky News Arabia and others in his Amman-based production house, he capitalised on the urgent demand for a news gathering service to deliver coverage of the Gulf War. Consequently, ABS was one of the few production companies to have access to Iraq during this time and the first to gain permission to set an uplink in Jordan.
With the potential of creating news gathering avenues from a global standpoint, ABS operate three main hubs in addition to over a dozen offices scattered in the MENA region. These key centres of operation are based in Dubai, UAE, Washington DC, USA at the National Press Building and in Amman, Jordan. Representative offices are in Baghdad, Beirut, Istanbul, Syria, Gaza, Cairo, Ramallah, Tunis, Kuwait, Aden and Manama. The network has 17 offices in all, 12 of which are wholly owned by ABS in major regional hot-spots including Erbil, the Green Zone, Qamishli and Gaza. 2020 will see ABS’ area of influence reaching the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Network of Services
ABS Network has tailored its portfolio of services to meet the needs of regional and international broadcasters. These cover live studios and production, event coverage, transmission, news room, news packages and archiving. Equipment supply covers newsrooms, OB vans, SNG trucks and flyaway systems, ENG kits, and more.
ABS Network services also cover all elements of location filming including pre-production assistance, production budgeting and scheduling, crew, transportation and catering.
ABS provide high-end services for international and local sports events including organisational support. These cover implementation assistance such as provision of fully redundant international broadcaster standard uplink stations (HD/SD), HD/SD OB vans up to 18 cameras, satellite space segments, fully equipped team with portable broadcast equipment (uplinks, portable OB, cameras, editing) that can travel all over the world, high level technical staff outsourcing (to include cameramen, editors, engineers, sound technicians, directors, producers and more). Logistical support is also provided by the company that covers permissions, visas, transportation and communication.
ABS Network’s exceptionally crafted documentaries reflect the soul and culture of the Arab world, cleverly touching the heart of its people, landscape and mood. Filmed throughout the vast Arab regions, these biopics are created by a pioneering team of well-trained professionals using highly defined technologies to bring a new era of documentary production that matches the exacting international standards of art and innovation.
2019 Significant Events
Some of the major political and sporting events covered in the last year span the following:
- Car Racing events such as the WEC 8 Hours of Bahrain
- Covering the civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, etc.
- Tunisia elections
- AFC -– Asian Football Cup
- World Economic Forums
- Arab League Summit, Tunisia
- Tent Pegging World Champions Event
- QTV Sports Archery World Cup Turkey
- Coverage of Iraqi Olympic Football Camp
- Equestrian performances (Dubai World Cup and Horse Flat Race Studio)
- Arab Foreign Ministers Meeting
- Papal visit to the MENA region
- Golf championships in the UAE, Bahrain and Oman (DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Oman Masters at Al Mouj GC, Muscat, Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship)
- Jiu jitsu World Championships (JiuJitsu Baynunah Educational Complex Madinat Zayed and Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019)
- US Elections
- • Arab Foreign Ministers Meeting