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Future TV

Future TV was founded by former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and received its broadcast licence on March 21, 1997. The TV station used to own Zein TV, a channel launched in 2001 and targeting a young adult audience. It aired a wide variety of entertainment programs for youth aged 15-35, addressing Internet, fashion and music, in addition to newscast. Zein TV was shut down on February 14, 2005, upon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination. On December 9, 2007, Future TV launched the Future News channel, using the premises of Zein TV. Four years later, Future News was shut down and merged with the main Future TV channel due to the station's financial crisis; a large number of positions at both channels were subsequently eliminated.

On May 7, 2008, conflict between Hezbollah and the Amal Movement supporters and Future Movement supporters erupted in Beirut and other Mount Lebanon areas. It is considered the most dangerous and violent conflict since the end of the Lebanese civil war. Pro-Hezbollah protesters stormed the Future TV headquarters in Beirut and the channel was forced to stop broadcast for several days.

Future TV’s political position is that of the Future movement led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Newscasts are broadcast in Arabic but news briefs are also aired in English, French and Armenian. Future TV’s General Manager is Ramzi Jbeily and its news director is Nadim Koteich.

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Future Television SAL


Ownership Structure

Future Television SAL has more than 70 shareholders. The Hariri family controls directly 59.14% of the shares, divided among Prime Minister Saad Hariri, his brothers Ayman, Bahaa, Fahd, his aunt MP Bahia Hariri, his stepmother Nazek Hariri, and his cousin Walid Hariri. Close allies of the Hariri family, i.e. Saad Hariri's advisor Hani Hammoud own 10%, as well as the Chammaa family, involved in several other ventures with the Hariri family, which owns 10%. Other minor shareholders include business partners such as Bechara Nammour, Hariri advisors Salim Diab and Nadim Munla, a number of bankers inlcuding Francois Bassil and Farid Raphael, as well as sharelholders linked to a number of Lebanese politicians, including MP Anwar Al-Khalil, former Deputy Prime Minister Samir Mokbel, Future Movement MP and Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk, and former Minister Youssef Takla.

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Other minor shareholders include business partners such as Bechara Nammour (0.02%), Hariri advisors Salim Diab (0.04%), Nadim Munla (0.04%), a number of bankers including Samir Hammoud (5.17%), Francois Bassil (0.08%) and Farid Raphael (1%), as well as sharelholders linked to a number of Lebanese politicians, including MP Anwar Al-Khalil (0.08%), former Deputy Prime Minister Samir Mokbel (0.4%), and former Minister Youssef Takla.

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Rafik Hariri, Prime Minister (1992-2008; 2000-2004), assassinated on 14 February 2005.


Hani Hammoud


Nadim Koteich (News Director)

Other Important People

Ramzi Jbeily

General Manager of the TV station and an official signatory.


White House building

Spears street 

Sanayeh sector

Beirut P.O.Box 13-6052

Phone: + 961 (1) 370700

 Future TV Website

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