Text of report in English by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post website on 21 July
Opposition leader Michel Awn has launched his own television channel, OTV, hoping to set "new standards of objectivity" at a time when
OTV, short for Orange TV - the colour of Awn's Free Patriotic Movement political party - went on the air late Friday [20 July] with a news bulletin followed by a lengthy interview with Awn, a political leader who heads the largest Christian bloc in parliament.
"We will strive to set new standards of objectivity," Dima Sadeq, an OTV news presenter, told The Associated Press on Saturday. "We will not be the voice for any particular political faction."
"Even if we reflect the opposition's point of view, this will be done objectively," she added.
Jean Aziz, in charge of the station's news and political programs, said during the first broadcast that there will be "no brainwashing" and "no lies" at OTV.
The satellite channel will initially broadcast news bulletins and political programs six hours a day before going on the air with an expanded news and entertainment schedule in September.
OTV, a privately-owned channel with more than 7,000 shareholders, will compete with a host of other Lebanese television stations, most of them owned or backed by politicians in
The launch comes as
One of the opposition's key demands, rejected by Saniora, is the creation of a new national unity government in which it has veto power.
OTV's launch comes two months ahead of
Source: The Jerusalem Post website,