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Encyclopedia > LBCI
Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation
LBC Logo
Type Broadcastand television network
Country Lebanon
Availability Lebanon; also available in Arab World, Europe, North America, and Australia
Owner LBC Group
Launch date August, 1993 (television network)
Website LBC website

Founded in August 1985, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (Arabic: المؤسسة اللبنانية للإرسال‎), widely known as LBCI, is the first private television station in Lebanon. It went global in 1996 when it launched its satellite channel LBC Al-Fadha'iya Al-Lubnaniya (Arabic: الفضائية اللبنانيةLebanese satellite channel) covering the Middle East. It now has several channels covering Europe, North America, and Australia. Much like other Lebanese TV channels, LBC has its own sectarian bias. It is generally representative of the mainly Maronite Lebanese right wing. Image File history File linksMetadata Lbci_logo_lb. ... Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air, OTA or broadcast television) was the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery prior to the advent of cable and satellite television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Map of Arab League states in dark green with non-Arab areas in light green and Somalia and Djibouti in striped green due to their Arab League membership but non-Arab population. ... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the seven continents of the Earth. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... The Arabic language ( ), or simply Arabic ( ), is the largest member of the family of Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic. ... The Arabic language ( ), or simply Arabic ( ), is the largest member of the family of Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the seven continents of the Earth. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Maronites (Marunoye ܡܪܘܢܝܐܶ; in Syriac, Mâruniyya مارونية in Arabic) are members of an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Pope of Rome. ...

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Detailed History

The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) was launched over the airwaves of Lebanon on August 23, 1985, under difficult circumstances. The Lebanese civil war, aided and abetted by foreign armies, was at that time ten years old and any solution still seemed distant. Lebanon was characterized then by political unrest, military conflagration, and popular despair. August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Lebanese Front Syrian Army LNM PLO Commanders Bachir Gemayel Dany Chamoun Kamal Jumblatt Yasser Arafat The multi-sided Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990) had its origin in the conflicts and political compromises after the end of Lebanons administration by the Ottoman Empire and was exacerbated by the nation...


The group of young and determined people who put together LBC knew that it was going to be a baptism of fire. But they had no idea how hot it was going to get.


After five years of success and popular acclaim, LBC faced a formidable challenge when, in 1989, the chaos in Lebanon took a turn for the worse after Lebanese army commander General Michel Aoun declared the war of liberation. The LBC premises were periodically targeted by the heavy shelling which raged uninterruptedly for six months. General Michel Aoun Michel Naim Aoun (ميشال عون) (born 17 February 1935 in Beirut) is a Lebanese military commander and politician. ...


Throughout that time, the staff moved all the equipment to the basement where they set up makeshift offices. Working and sleeping underground, the staff ensured the station never went off the air for a single day.


The next challenge came the following year when fierce fighting erupted again in 1990. The LBC offices were again targeted and this time received direct hits during artillery duels. The damage caused by shelling was soon overshadowed by the tragic death of an LBC cameraman, shot dead while on duty. Yet again, LBC, throughout these dark days, never once went off the air. This article is about the year. ...


As if that were not enough, another test of commitment presented itself on July 23, 1992, when without prior warning, the Lebanese government compelled LBC to evacuate its Jounieh premises. In a race against the clock , the entire LBC staff were mobilized and more than 50 trucks were brought in to carry off the equipment before government troops took over the building. July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Within a single day, everything was moved - to the last nut and bolt - to a new location in Adma several kilometers away. And that evening, at 8 pm sharp, viewers were able to watch the LBC news bulletin, broadcast from an improvised studio. The LBC team had risen to the challenge yet again.


With the end of the civil war in Lebanon, exciting new opportunities arose for the newly-renamed LBC International. After confronting and overcoming years of difficulties, LBC International now faces a challenge of another kind as it consolidates its resources - both human and material - and prepares to take a quantum leap forward into the future of national and international mass communication.


A lot of ground was covered in that direction with the launch of LBCSAT, a free satellite channel, in April 1996. Once again, the staff's eagerness and skills ensured instant and growing success for LBCSAT among audiences throughout the Arab world. So much so, that the channel has been broadcasting 22 hours a day since January 1997 and continues to rank number one in the Middle East.


Shortly after that, and in a period of only three months, are launched three new encrypted channels: LBC Europe, LBC America, and LBC Australia. Today, LBC Europe is broadcasting 16 hours a day while the two other channels broadcast around the clock.


It is through such continual achievements that LBC International & LBC Al Fadaia Al Lubnania fulfill their ambition to be a world-class TV networks that are close as a communication medium for the future.


Competitors

In Lebanon, LBC is one of the highest rated televisions. Its biggest competitors are Future Television and Murr Television. The latter was shutdown in September 2002 due to political reasons. Future Television (Arabic: تلفزيون المستقبل, Telviziyon Al Mustaqbal) is one of the most popular and highest rated televisions in Lebanon and the Arab World. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Popular Programs

LBC has produced many popular programs including Star Academy Lebanon, Ya Atel Ya Ma'toul (Arabic version of Greed), Miss Lebanon, Survivor Middle East, El Wadi (Arabic version of The Farm) and the most recent one is Mission Fashion released right after Star Academy during the month of April. Deal or No Deal is currently a big hit, despite the first season already ended. The 8 Finalists of Star Academy 1 Star Academy Lebanon (also known as Star Academy LBC and Star Academy Middle East, a more correct term as the majority of the students are not Lebanese but from many diverse Arab countries) is a reality TV show started in 2003 that features... Greed (or Greed: The Series) was a short-lived American television game show where a team of contestants answered a series of multiple-choice trivia questions for a potential prize of up to $2 million (later $4 million during the five Super Greed episodes). ... Miss Lebanon - Lebanons Official National Beauty Pageant (Arabic: انتخابات ملكة جمال لبنان ) is a beauty contest in Lebanon. ... Survivor is a popular reality television game show produced in many countries throughout the world. ... The Farm aka Celebrity Farm is a reality TV show created by Swedish producer Strix, creators of Survivor. ... Deal or No Deal had a brief 2005 run on the Pan-Arabic channel MBC 1. ...


Its most famous talk show is Kalem enNess (Arabic for "Talking Point") hosted by Marcel Ghanem. The show, which originally aired on C33, moved to LBC after C33 was shut down in the mid-1990s. Another famous show is Besmet al-Watan (Arabic for either "The Country is Laughing" or "But the Country is Deceased", depending on how people see the joke of this title), a sketch-comedy show that deals with politics and current events.


LBCI personalities

Past

Giselle Khoury is a talk show host on the Al-Arabiya television network. ...

Present

  • Tony Baroud
  • May Chidiac
  • Maggie Farah
  • George Ghanem
  • Marcel Ghanem
  • Dolly Ghanem
  • Hilda Khalifeh
  • Tony Khalifeh

May Chidiac is a Christian Lebanese journalist. ...

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