Rupert Murdoch has landed in the Middle East.
The mogul's News Corp. is launching two English-language, free-to-air satcasters in the region before the end of the year in partnership with Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal's regional media titan Rotana.
Prince Waleed holds a reported 5% stake in News Corp. and also has sizable stakes in Time Warner and Disney.
A 24-hour movie channel, tentatively dubbed Fox Movies, will launch in May. The second channel, whose sked will be largely filled with U.S. skeins, will launch in or around November.