Alhurra celebrates ninth anniversary "with new initiatives to reach mobile devices."

Posted: 24 Feb 2013   Print   Send a link
USC Center on Communication Leadership &Policy, 11 Feb 2013, Adam Powell: "The U.S. government's international TV broadcaster in the Middle East, Alhurra, celebrates its ninth anniversary on the air on Thursday with new initiatives to reach mobile devices. ... In the network's flagship three-hour nightly magazine program, with anchors in Cairo, Dubai, Beirut and Baghdad, one correspondent in Washington has the sole assignment of providing regular live updates from Twitter feeds and Facebook posts, which are displayed on large video screens on the set (see photo to the right). And one story that generated a huge [response] had nothing to do with changes in Arab governments. 'About a year ago, Secretary Clinton made a statement about women driving in Saudi Arabia,' [Brian Coniff, president of Alhurra parent entity Middle east Broadcasting Networks Inc] said. 'We had an overwhelming response, primarily from men, 50,000 [messages] in 24 hours. So there's a lot of interest on where we stand on issues like that.' Alhurra, originally created to transmit U.S. perspectives on the news to Iraq, now broadcasts a second channel to the entire Mideast region. The network was widely criticized as lacking credibility and contact with people of the region. But the network revamped its programming, and its audience spiked during the Arab spring protests two years ago, reaching eight million viewers a week in Egypt alone, according to Nielsen." -- "Where we stand"?

Broadcasting Board of Governors Notebook, 14 Feb 2013: "Today, February 14, 2013, marks the 9th anniversary of Alhurra Television! Alhurra broadcasts objective and accurate Arabic-language news and information to 22 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to reporting on world events, Alhurra provides context and analysis to give viewers a broader understanding of the actions impacting the region. Alhurra also provides the comprehensive coverage from the United States drawing on dedicated correspondents at the White House, State Department, Congress, and Pentagon." -- I.e., Alhurra fulfills both the surrogate broadcasters' "mission" and VOA's "mission," all within one television channel. More convenient for the audience, more economical for the US taxpayer.

iTech Post, 9 Feb 2013, Matthew Klickstein: "Innocence of Muslims" producer Mark Basseley Youssef "told Voice of America's Radio Sawa that he graduated from Cairo University's Faculty of Arts." -- Radio Sawa is not part of VOA, either. It's under Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc, as is Alhurra.