Posted: 12 Apr 2010"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, bbcarabic.com, 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."
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