FROM THE EDITORS
After thirteen electronic issues, Transnational Broadcasting Studies is publishing its first hard copy edition, in collaboration with the University of Oxford. In a Letter from the Publishers, S. Abdallah Schleifer and Walter Armbrust introduce TBS 14's online version and the new hard-copy edition, which will include a peer-reviewed article on Television and the Ethnographic Endeavor: The Case of Syrian Drama by Christa Salamandra.
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THE ARAB VIDEO CLIP CONTROVERSY
According to some,
satellite music channels are undermining Arab culture with shocking images
of sexy, scantily clad singers. Others beg to differ over the implications
of this overwhelming presence on the Arab television screen.
MINDS, AND THE REMOTE CONTROL:
The executive vice president of US-funded satellite channel Alhurra gets the first word in an Interview with Mouafac Harb by Lindsay Wise, who also travelled to the station's studios in Springfield, Va., to take A Second Look at Alhurra over a year after its launch.
an effort to find out what viewers think of the US broadcasting effort,
TBS correspondent Summer Said interviews Egyptians and presents
a selection of their opinions in Alhurra on the
Jihad Fakhreddine's concern in US Public Diplomacy: Targeting the Ruled or the Rulers is whether the US has even identified the right audience for its programming, while in Losing the Battle for Arab Hearts and Minds Steve Tatham, Royal Navy spokesman for military operations during the 2003 Iraq War, takes us back to the controversial issues of "embedding" and miscommunication that plagued the Arab-Coalition media relationship during the conflict.
TBS senior editor S. Abdallah Schleifer reports on the latest developments from Doha and Dubai in Al Jazeera: Once More Into the Fray and Stealth Bouquet: The MBC Group Moves On. Schleifer also sits down with the general manager of Al Arabiya to discuss the channel in A Dialogue With Abdul Rahman al-Rashed.
Michael Hudson reviews the history of changing Western attitudes towards Arab satellite TV news channels in Washington vs. Al Jazeera, while Hugh Miles offers his observations about What the World Thinks of Al Jazeera.
Alterman's The Challenge for Al
Jazeera International analyzes the prospects for the station's
new English-language channel, slated to begin broadcasting later this
The relationship between the satellite channels and the politicians has never been simple. Naomi Sakr poses the question: Arab Satellite Broadcasting and the State: Who Curbs Whom, Why, and How? while Joel Campagna discusses the effect of government pressures on the region's television reporting in Arabic Satellite Channels and Censorship.
In Of Bans, Boycotts, and Sacrificial Lambs: Al-Manar in the Crossfire, Stacey Philbrick Yadav traces the process by which al-Manar has helped its sponsor Hizbullah to reposition itself within the rapidly changing configurations of Lebanese politics.
William Merrifield's MED-TV: Kurdish Satellite Television and the Changing Relationship between the State and the Media details the case of the first, short-lived, satellite station in Kurdish and the challenges for nation states posed by new media's "virtual space."
In From All Sides, Mariah Blake looks at the obstacles placed in the way of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya by both the authorities and the insurgents in Iraq.
Arabsats Get the MEMRI Treatment by Brian Whitaker examines how an Israeli Arab press watchdog is extending its remit to include Arab satellite TV.
IN, ZOOMING OUT:
Assessing the Democratizing Power of Arab Satellite
TV, Marc Lynch looks at how coverage of Iraqi elections
and Lebanese protests, combined with taboo-breaking talk shows, may be
changing the political terrain in the Middle East.
Levinson's Arab TV on the Campaign Trail
in Egypt, Iraq, and Palestine analyzes the different roles of
local and satellite media in contributing to a free and fair electorial
process in the three countries.
MARKET: IS THE ARAB SATELLITE BUBBLE SET TO BURST?
As Arab satellite stations continue to proliferate and grow, are they ignoring basic market issues?
In the Rise and Potential Fall of Pan-Arab Satellite TV, Jihad Fakhreddine asks whether the present boom in pan-Arab TV may not be at the expense of the home-grown variety, and in To Pay or Not to Pay? Free Western Entertainment Channels Seek Pay Package Audiences, Joe Khalil asserts that the Arab viewer currently is in a "state of bliss," but asks, "Will this come at a cost?"
Arab Satellite TV's
contribution to religious discourse in the region is constantly evolving.
Day Moroccans Gave Up Couscous for Satellites: Global TV, Structures
of Feeling, and Mental Emigration by Tarik Sabry
Arab-International Media Forum
The Frontline Club,
Jazeera: In Pursuit of 'Contextual Objectivity'
Ayish, Muhammad. Arab
World Television in the Age of Globalization: an Analysis of Emerging
Political, Economic, Cultural and Technological Patterns. Hamburg:
Deutsches Orient-Institut, 2003. 121 P. ISBN 3-89173-071-3.
Berenger, Ralph D.
(ed), Global Media Go to War: Role of News and Entertainment Media
During the 2003 Iraq War. Spokane WA: Marquette Books, 2004. Paperback.
369 pages. ISBN 0-922993-10-6, $49.95.
Hoskins, Andrew. Televising
War: From Vietnam to Iraq. London: Continuum International Publishing
Group. 2004. Paperback. 148 pages. ISBN: 0826473067 $35.95.
R. and Nancy Snow (eds.), War, Media and Propaganda: A Global Perspective.
Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2004. Paperback. 280
pages. ISBN: 0-7425-3562-2. $27.95.
Mellor, Noha. The
Making of Arab News. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. 176 pages.
Paperback, 0-7425-3819-2, $23.95; Hard cover 0-7425-3818-4, $69.
Nohrstedt, Stig A.
and Rune Ottosen (eds). U.S. and the Others: Global Media Images on
"The War on Terror." Goteborg: Nordicom, 2004. Paperback.
316 pp. ISBN 91-89471-24-5. $28.
Internal restrictions on national broadcasters are often cited as a reason for their failure to compete successfully with independent channels. TBS continues its series of key documents by publishing The Code of Ethics of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (1989). The ERTU is currently considering the introduction of a new Code of Ethics.
2005 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