Islamic-themed TV sees growth

Islamic-themed TV sees growth
Published: 19 December 2017 - 6 a.m.
By: digital broadcast Staff Writer

Islamic-themed TV content presents a significant and growing opportunity for broadcasters, according to the a series of monthly reports produced by Salaam Gateway, a joint venture between Thomson Reuters and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, in partnership with DinarStandard.

The first report, which is part of a monthly series called ‘Developments and opportunities in Islamic-themed television and online video content’, explores the growing demand for Islamic-themed media content. It identifies 188 Islamic-themed television and online channels globally.

In the broader culture and recreation market, Muslims spent an estimated $179 billion in 2014, accounting for 5% of global spend on such services. Muslims represent a core viewer segment in the $443 billion global television broadcasting and online television industry.

The report also identifies the global Islamic-themed media for advertising, television and production senior managers seeking to target the lucrative and high-growth Halal/ Muslim consumer segment globally.

The report identifies the main Islamic-themed broadcast media markets in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 57 member countries. OIC markets generated a total of $10 billion in advertising revenue during 2015.

The report also covers the geographic locations and core languages for the identified Islamic-themed television and media channels globally.

According to Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, DIEDC, the report is proof of the sustainability of Islamic values and culture that endure the test of time, even while growing in influence and spreading organically across the world. The digital revolution has heralded a new era in Muslim culture and driven the development of Islamic-themed content as well as increased programming and television fare targeted at Muslim audiences - including children’s television, documentaries and comedy.

“Muslims today represent a sizeable share of the total spend on culture and recreation. The opening of digital and electronic avenues offers a unique opportunity to promote sharia-compliant concepts through media, advertising and television. This can - if leveraged effectively - spur greater investments in shaping quality infrastructure to portray an authentic image of Islam’s peace-loving culture to the world,” he added.

Mustafa Adil, head of Islamic finance at Thomson Reuters, said: “We are proud to present this latest report which is another first of its kind global publication featuring Islamic economy developments and opportunities. Islamic-themed media is a high-growth segment that is seeing diversification and new program formats.”

The report identifies major opportunities for prospective players in the Islamic-themed media market, including mainstream and existing Islamic-themed media channels, investors and advertisers.

Haroon Latif, director of strategic insights at DinarStandard, and lead analyst on this report, said: “Muslim viewers are a key customer segment accounting for five percent of spend across the culture and recreation sectors, and are in need of the positive reinforcement of their values and lifestyle, especially after negative press in the media in light of recent unfortunate events. There are significant untapped opportunities across genres in Islamic-themed media – the market is ripe for new entrants.”

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