Former head of BBC Arabic leaves BBC Arabic (updated).

Posted: 12 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"Hosam El Sokkari, Head of BBC Arabic, is leaving the BBC. Hosam will be taking a new position as the Head of Yahoo! Channels in the Middle East (currently English, Arabic and French). Hosam has been a distinguished journalist, presenter and leader in BBC Arabic for 15 years. He has been at the leading edge of innovation in journalism for the Arab world. In 1999 he launched the BBC Arabic online site,, and played a key role in developing the service's multimedia capability. In 2004 he became the first Arab to head the service since its launch in 1938 and led the service for the launch of BBC Arabic TV, an integral part of a unique multimedia offer to the Arab world." Peter Horrocks, Director of BBC Global News, note to staff, 7 April 2010 (cursor down the the English). In November 2009, Mr. El Sokkari's responsibilities shifted from Head of BBC Arabic to "spearhead work for BBC Arabic on the editorial development of user-generated content and social media initiatives."
     Update: "Hosam el Sokkari, an Egyptian journalist and broadcaster, will take a leadership position at the Middle East unit of Yahoo, which acquired Jordan’s Maktoob Web portal, the region’s largest, for US$164 million (Dh602.3m) last year. ... Prior to its acquisition by Yahoo, Maktoob made considerable investments in creating news content, launching its own news websites and hiring journalists in the region. The site was started as an Arabic-language e-mail service in 2000 and now has more than 15 million users each month." Keach Hagey and Tom Gara, The National (Abu Dhabi), 11 April 2010. See previous post about Hosam El Sokkari.