Al Ibrahim is only the third person to receive the award

The awards keep coming for leading pan-Arab satcaster MBC, the first to bow in the region.

Sheikh Waleed al Ibrahim, the Saudi chairman and CEO of the net, which celebrated its 15th anniversary last month, was awarded the Arab Media Luminary Award Saturday in Cairo by Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League.

Al Ibrahim is only the third person to receive the award in its 10-year history.

Cairo shindig also marked launch of the Forum of Arab TV and Film Producers. The event was held under the banner “All Are Against Terrorism and Against Racism.”

“The committee recognized Sheikh Waleed for his unique achievement as the first Arab businessman to establish a private Arab satellite television channel,” said Ibrahim Abou-Zekri, prexy of the Arab Producers Union for TV production.

MBC Group operates flagship channel MBC; MBC 2, the Mideast’s first 24-hour movie channel; and MBC 4, whose Western skein-filled sked is geared toward femme auds. MBC’s Al-Arabiya has overtaken rival newscaster Al-Jazeera as the region’s most watched news channel.

Plans are under way for MBC to launch its own English language service. Net is also looking into launching an IPO next year.

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