TBS TO GO HARD COPY
After thirteen electonic issues, Transnational Broadcasting Studies is set to publish its first hard copy edition, in collaboration with the University of Oxford. In a Letter from the Publishers, S. Abdallah Schleifer and Walter Armbrust explain the rationale behind this development and announce a call for papers.
EXPLORING THE GULF SATELLITE MAP
Meanwhile, Humphrey Davies was in Dubai, where he met the people responsible for the recent major make-over of Dubai TV and dropped in on CNBC Arabiya to hear about their re-launch. For his report, see Dubai: Watch This Space! He also talked to CNBC Arabiya CEO Zafar Siddiqi about his plans for CNBC Pakistan.
Lindsay Wise interviews Ahmad al-Farrag, one of the pioneers of religious television programming and the discoverer of Egypt's star TV preacher, the late Sheikh al-Shaarawi. Wise also writes on Amr Khaled, star of the younger generation of Muslim "tele-Islamists," while S. Abdallah Schleifer interviews Yusuf al-Qaradawi, doyen of "Islamist" preachers. Maha Shahba discusses the televised exposure given to charismatic convert Hamza Yusuf, while Amina Khairy's brief report on hip religious singer Sami Yusif demonstrates that even the music satellites give religion its due, at least in Ramadan.
In The Proposed Satellite Television Channel of the Organziation of the Islamic Conference: A Response to Moral Panic?, Ali Al-Hail argues that the 2001 proposal of the Organization of the Islamic Conference mandating the establishment of an English-language Islamic satellite channel (still to be implemented) is fundamentally flawed--a notion implicitly challenged by the late Abdul Qader Tash, whose article Islamic Satellite Channels and Their Impact on Arab Society: Iqra Channel - a Case Study describes the challenges and achievements of the Arabic-language Islamic channel he founded.
Arab satellite channels devoted considerable effort to keeping their viewers abreast of developments in the US presidential election race and informing them as to the nature of the American electoral system. Lindsay Wise and Usama Najeeb watched and recorded their impressions of Arab Satellite Coverage of the US Elections. They also interviewed Hafiz Al Mirazi, head of Al Jazeera's Washington bureau, on his network's coverage.
Though some viewers in the region may feel wistful about their own chances of participation in such a process, they can take their destiny in their own hands when it comes to selecting pop idols at least; in The Best Hope for Democracy in the Arab World? Tyler MacKenzie describes how the residents of Damascus voted for Arab pop's next Superstar.
As news bulletins
report daily on mayhem and terror in Iraq and elsewhere, satellite channels
grope to define the thin line that separates the acceptable from the offensive,
and the reporting of information from the encouragement of political violence.
Balancing Act: UAE Satellite TV Channels Between National and Pan-Arab Markets: Jihad Fakhreddine analyzes the failure of Gulf satellite channels to maximize advertising revenue.
the New Satellite in the East: Chris
Forrester describes Mawared Group's attempts to promote a new Hot
Spot for Middle East pay-TV channels.
US International Broadcasting Strategies in the Arab World: An Analysis of the Broadcasting Board of Governors' Strategy from a Public Communication Standpoint: Wendy Feliz Sefsaf critiques the US government's attempts to improve its image in the Arab World by launching its own TV and radio channels.
Streaming Video: A New Era in TV Broadcasting: Usama Najeeb describes a new technology that looks set to revolutionize TV broadcasting.
Xchange '04, Algarve, Portugal
Address by King Abdallah of Jordan.
The Diversity of Arab Media. Transcript of a panel chaired by Emad Eldin Adeeb with senior analyst S. Abdallah Schleifer, featuring Nart Bouran (Abu Dhabi TV), Joel Campagna (Committee to Protect Journalists), Mohamed Gohar (Video CairoSat), Mouafac Harb (Alhurra), Ibrahim Helal (BBC Trust), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Ibrahim Mousawi (Al Manar), Salah Negm (Al Arabiya), Nahida Nakad (TF1), and Hosam El-Sokkari (BBC World Service).
Report by Morand Fachot.
Cambridge Arab Media Project: The Media and Political Change in the Arab
World, Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK
Theory and Practice by Lindsay Wise.
(A revised and extended version of the paper delivered by Wise at this
conference appears elsewhere in this issue. See Amr
Khaled: Broadcasting the Nahda.)
Thoughts on Arab Satellite Television, Pan-Arabism, and Freedom of Expression. Saad Eddin Ibrahim reflects on what the Arab world as whole, and he personally, owe to the independence of Arab satellites.
Remarks in Response to Saad Eddin Ibrahim: Ibrahim Helal, Al Jazeera's former editor-in-chief, provides a frank assessment of what Arab satellite broadcasters can, and cannot, achieve.
Arab Satellite Broadcasting: An Alternative to Political Parties? Kai Hafez discusses the potential of Arab satellite channels to act as forces for democracy in non-democratic societies.
Arab Women in the New Media: Empowerment or Disempowerment? Shereen Abou El Naga questions whether Arab satellites have managed to find a positive new way to present women.
On the Role of Media in the Current Transition Phase in Iraq: Iqbal Hassoon al-Qazwini reviews the status and needs of satellite and other media in Iraq today.
Ninth International Conference of the Arab-US Association for Communication
Educators (AUSACE), Cairo
Academy for Media Science (IAMS):
Report by Ibrahim Saleh.
Media Diplomacy: Who
Controls the Control Room?
Memoirs Personalize Conflict
DeFleur, Melvin L.
and Margaret H. Learning to Hate Americans. Spokane, WA: Marquette
Books, 2003. 128 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-922993-05-X. $29.95.
Elasmar, Michael G.
The Impact of International Television: A Paradigm Shift. Mahwah,
NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003. Paperback. 212 pages. ISBN: 0-8058-4220-9.
Hills, Jill The
Struggle for Control of Global Communication: The Formative Century.
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2002. 327 pages. Hard cover.
ISBN 0-252-02757-4. $39.95.
Kilani, Sa'eda Freedom
Fries: Fried Freedoms, Arab Satellite Channels Struggle between State
Control and Western Pressure. Amman: Arab Archive Institute, 2004.
Paperback. 233 pages. ISBN:
Pelton, Joseph N.,
Robert J. Oslund, and Peter Marshall (eds.) Communication Satellites:
Global Change Agents. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004.
Paperback. 387 pages. ISBN 080-5-8496-29. $39.95.
Sakr, Naomi (ed.)
Women and Media in the Middle East: Power Through Self-expression.
London: I.B. Tauris, 2004. Paperback. 248 pages. ISBN: 185-04-3545-6.
Far Side of the Satellite:
2004 Transnational Broadcasting Studies
TBS is published by the Adham Center for Television Journalism, the American University in Cairo and the Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK