Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation - Post-war Era

Post-war Era

The Lebanese civil war ended in 1990 with the signing of the Taef agreement. The Lebanese Forces signed the agreement and held positions in the government, but still maintained an anti-Syrian position which was reflected in the LBC's news reporting. On 23 July 1992, the Lebanese government compelled LBC to evacuate its Jounieh premises without prior warning or notifications, before governmental troops took over the building. The station moved to Adma, several kilometers away. On 23 March 1994, the Lebanese government ordered the dissolution of the Lebanese Forces. And on 21 April 1994, Samir Geagea, leader of the party, was arrested. Pierre Daher, a co-founder who managed the station from its beginning, made sure that LBC survived this transitional phase. During the Syrian presence in Lebanon, the LBC political stance reflected the influences of its shareholders who varied throughout this period. LBC SAT, a free satellite channel, was launched in April 1996. The new channel was a success, especially to the Lebanese diaspora, disseminated throughout the world. LBC SAT has been broadcasting 22 hours a day since January 1997 and continues to rank first among stations in the Middle East. Shortly thereafter, within a period of three months, LBC launched three new encrypted and free-to-air channels: LBC Europe, LBC America, LBC Australia, and LBC Sub Saharian Africa. Today, all LBC satellite channels broadcast around the clock. In December 2003, Alwaleed Bin Talal, the Saudi prince, bought 48% of the stocks of LBC Sat.

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