By Naomi Sakr
There's a good deal at stake for everybody sooner or later of Arab tv. Political and social upheavals during this principal yet unsettled area are more and more performed out on tv monitors and within the tussles over programming that ensue at the back of them. Al-Jazeera is naturally just one participant between a still-growing throng of satellite tv for pc channels, which now comprise inner most terrestrial stations in a few Arab states. it's an urgently wanting to be made experience of; this booklet does precisely this in a truly readable and authoritative manner, via exploring and explaining the evolving buildings and content material offerings in either leisure and information of up to date Arab tv. It exhibits how proprietors, traders, reporters, presenters, construction businesses, advertisers, regulators and media freedom advocates impression one another in a geolinguistic market that encompasses the Arab area itself and groups overseas. Probing inner and exterior interventions within the Arab tv panorama, the ebook bargains a well timed and compelling sequel to Naomi Sakr's 'Satellite nation-states: Transnational tv, Globalization and the center East', which received the center jap reports booklet Prize in 2003.
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20 A change of monarch also helps to explain liberalization manoeuvres in broadcasting in Jordan after 1999. Plans to end the government’s monopoly had been discussed several years earlier as part of reforms triggered by unrest in 1989, only to be set aside in clampdowns accompanying Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel in 1994. King Abdullah came to the throne in 1999 with a reformist agenda, which encompassed the television sector. A government plan for media reform, announced in July 2000, envisaged dissolving the information ministry and part-privatizing the wholly government-owned monopoly broadcaster, JRTVC.
34 Eleven stations, including AETV and others, took their own initiative to overcome some negative effects of fragmentation by grouping together in the Ma’an Network. Self-regulation within Ma’an covered such issues as paid election advertising. The profusion of private Palestinian broadcasters, representing different political currents and interest groups, continued to offer a stark contrast with the rest of the Arab world, notwithstanding a sudden upturn in the number of Arab countries granting licences to private television stations over the period 2003–05.
46 Sawiris had previously joined with other local commercial music interests to open the first Virgin Megastore in Cairo in September 2003. 47 In 2005, after OTH appointed a former Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Maher, to its board, Sawiris proclaimed himself fully confident that Egypt offered a transparent business environment where it was not necessary to pull political strings to get on. Asked by CNN’s financial editor, Todd Benjamin, what he thought was the biggest misconception held in the West about doing business in the Middle East, Sawiris answered: I think they think you need some relations, some corruption, stuff like that, and it’s not true.