Riyadh K. Najm, Saudi deputy minister for Information Affairs at the Ministry of Culture and Information, says local media is unable to compete with the international media:

In his keynote presentation, Najm said there is no real media industry in Saudi Arabia and local broadcasting coverage is limited and weak. As a result, the foreign media is much more effective than the domestic TV network.

This, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that the ministry is controlling the sector with their restrictive policies. It is just a coincidence.