Al-Alam is an Arabic news channel broadcasting from Iran and owned by the state-owned media corporation Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
The network's political coverage tends to be the most popular; however, other subjects, such as commentaries, analysis, business, and sports also get a share of the audience. Programs are broadcast to over 300 million Arab people around the world, with large audiences in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean regions. The satellite channel can be received on five continents.
Al-Alam has news bureaus in Tehran, Beirut, and Baghdad. Unlike many other channels, it can be viewed in Iraq without the use of a satellite receiver, as it can use a terrestrial transmitter close to the Iran-Iraq border.
An English-language website, known as Alalam News, was launched on August 15, 2006, claiming to disseminate news in an impartial, moderate manner.
Alalam News Network launched its Persian website in April 2007 to cover news exclusively in the Persian language.