GULF, ARAB SATELLITES
Abdallah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Arab Media Summit:
"Arabsats? What Arabsats?"
asked Humphrey Davies at the third annual Arab Media
Summit held in Dubai October 7-8. Though their names were
on everyone's lips, the Arab satellite channels were strangely
thin on the ground at the Middle East's premier media gathering-and
this, even though Shaykh Abdallah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
and CNN's Chris Cramer, in their Speeches
to the Opening Session, raised issues that touch on
the Arabsats directly.
the Margins of the Summit:
through the corridors of the summit did yield interviews with
Ali Al-Ahmed and Nart Bouran
of Abu Dhabi TV, Jihad
Khazen of LBC/Al Hayat, and Riz
Khan, sometime CNN anchor. We also took a copy
of Danny Schechter's article "Media
Can Serve the Needs of Peace."
Arabiya is the newest 24-hour Arab satellite channel based
in the Gulf and the first dedicated to business news. Humphrey
Davies reports on CNBC ArabiyaThe
Debut. TBS also interviewed Chairman and CEO Zafar
Siddiqi and Ward Edmonds, production director, and
caught presenters Lina Sawan
and Cyba Audi for a few
"Al Jazeera Effect":
also went to Qatar, home of the "Al
Jazeera Effect" but the appointment of a new manager
for the channel-with all that may imply in terms of a new
sensibility and orientation-came after our visit and only
days before TBS 11 was launched; see Stop
Press: Al Jazeera Gets New Manager. During our visit,
we interviewed editor-in-chief Ibrahim
Helal and Amr El-Kahky, an Al Jazeera reporter recently
returned from Baghdad, as well as the channel's then manager,
Adnan Sharif. Earlier,
TBS had talked with Al Jazeera's leading investigative reporter
and its peers of the Arabic-language 24-hour all-news satellite
TV world have caused great controversy. In Arabsats:
the Debate TBS presents four angles on the dreaded
Arabsats: the Palestine Center's Hisham Sharabi writes
of "The Political Impact
of Arab Satellite Television on the Post-Iraq War Arab World,"
Al-Ahram's Abdel Moneim Saeed of "The
Arab Satellites-Some Necessary Observations," Foreign
Affairs' Marc Lynch of "Taking
Arabs Seriously," and Al Arabiya channel's Salih
Al-Kallab of "The Arab
Satellites-the Pros and Cons."
REGION AND THE WORLD
last issue's archive of the media's coverage of itself during
the Iraq War, Media on Media
provides a further 27 pieces from the world press, plus the
executive summary of the first in-depth research carried out
in Britain on TV coverage there of the war.
Far Side of the Satellite: an essay by TBS publisher
S. Abdallah Schleifer on "The Impact of Global Media
Wars: News at a Time of Terror by Danny Schechter (2003)
and The World News Prism: Global Media in an Era of Terrorism
by William A. Hachten and James F. Scotton (2002). Reviewed
by Ralph Berenger.
of Terror: The Truth Behind The Most Devastating Terrorist
Attack The World Has Ever Seen byYosri Fouda and Nick
Fielding (2003). Reviewed by Rasha
9/11 to Terror War: The Dangers of the Bush Legacy by
Douglas Kellner (2003). Reviewed by Rasha
or Anarchy: Current Debates in Broadcasting 10; Papers from
the 31st Manchester Broadcasting Symposium (2003). Reviewed
by Peter O'Brien.
Communication edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour (2002).
Reviewed by Ralph Berenger.
North: Creating the Canadian Motion Picture Industry
by Michael Spencer and Susan Ayscough (2003). Reviewed by