The opening ceremony, which was held in the Opera Hall of Culture in Tunis, was attended by a large number of artistic and media figures from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
The festival's new program includes several competitions, which were divided between major competitions dedicated to programs and news of the membership of the Union, and parallel programs and news produced from television networks and private non-member broadcasters, production companies, news agencies and satellite Arabic-speaking satellite channels.
For the first time, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ABU) chose to adopt independent judging committees composed of independent experts from the Arab media, in order to give credibility and transparency to the evaluation of the nominated works and to monitor the awards.
Awards and certificates of appreciation for programs and news winning the first place and second place of each category in the competitions of programs and news of television and radio, and will allocate prizes for some types of programs and news radio and television alternately in each session of the festival to be determined in advance by the specialized committees of the Union.
The program includes two workshops: the first is engineering, the second is programmatic, the seminars and the dialogue sessions, and the organization of a television and radio market with the participation of member organizations, private television and radio networks, production companies, Arab news agencies and Arabic-speaking foreign stations.
The aim of the festival is to contribute to the development of Arab radio and television production and to raise its level to meet the aspirations of the member bodies and the principles for which it is working, as well as to monitor innovative and serious trends in Arab radio and television production and encourage them to develop Arab creative energies in this field.