Al Jazeera launches new programme grid for 13th anniversary

I’m just back from a nice but very short trip to the Gulf which included Doha, too. It is always interesting to pay a visit to Al Jazeera Channel which is like “home” for me, after so many trips over there for books, articles, conferences. This time I’ve found “men at working” over there and this sounded like a major renewal. Indeed, it is. The folks over there explained that Al Jazeera’s 13th birthday party -which is in November- will be celebrated with big changes, both in the programme grid and at the channel headquarters where a brand new building has been added overlooking the big satellite paraboles.

I’ve just got these two press releases from their PR office which contain more info about the new grid which will be broadcasted by tomorrow. Being a fan of the Al Jazeera New Media folks for all that they have been doing in the domain of social media, Internet, interaction between “old” journalism and new partecipatory social news, I’d like to underline that a “new media flavour” will be added to “Minbar Al Jazeera”, one of the oldest programme of the channel. Viewers will be abled to interact live and express their views thru social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook. But that’s just one thing that we’ll be seeing by tomorrow. Stay tuned..

Press Release

Al Jazeera Channel Launches a ‘New Look’ and New Programmes on its Thirteenth Anniversary

October 30, 2009, Doha Qatar: Al Jazeera Satellite Channel has just finished preparations to launch a new look and a new cycle of programmes to coincide with its “Al Jazeera Day” celebrations on November 1st, the day on which the Network will also celebrate Al Jazeera Arabic’s thirteenth anniversary as well the sixth anniversary of the launch of Al Jazeera Sport Channel and the third anniversary of Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Documentary channels.

This Sunday night’s edition of “Al Hasad” (“Harvest of the Day”), Al Jazeera Arabic’s main news programme, will have a new look and color scheme and new theme music. The changes include a newly redesigned studio incorporating a video wall and other state of the art technologies.

In addition, the management has also introduced important changes to its content based on findings from a recent opinion poll conducted by Nielsen, a leading international research company that specializes in viewer conduct and TV ratings. The sample survey included 27,000 viewers from 14 Arab countries.

Commenting on the ‘New Look’ and new cycle of programmes at the Al Jazeera Channel, Wadah Khanfar, Director General of the Network stated,  “The changes are aimed at making the channel’s programmes more dynamic and more interactive to attract new audiences, especially the youth.” He further added, “The new programmes will provide much more in–depth analysis and the new changes to the channel’s studios and on-screen graphics will reflect Al Jazeera’s commitment to deliver to our audiences the best in broadcasting while maintaining Al Jazeera’s authentic style which they have become accustomed to over the years.”

Along with the new look there are a number of additional changes introduced to news programmes as well. The main news programmes, “Midday” and “Harvest of the Day”, will adopt more in-depth analyses and a faster rhythm with the new style aimed at giving the channel’s reporters and correspondents in the field a greater role in coverage and a closer engagement with its audiences through social and human interest stories. The channel will continue broadcasting its “Maghribi” North African bulletin daily at midnight Makkah time. In addition, a new weekly sports bulletin will be shown at 2:30 Friday afternoons.

One of the most important changes in programmes will include the channel’s talk shows. The new programming grid will see the introduction of two new talk shows. The first called “ Fi Alumq”, Arabic for “In-Depth”, will host intellectuals, analysts, and strategists to discuss issues from different angles in news and current affairs presenting in-depth analyses of major issues pertaining to the region and the world. The programme will be aired at 10 pm every Monday night and will be introduced by Al Jazeera’s well-known anchor Ali Al Dafiri.  Another newcomer to the grid “Al Milaf” or “The File” will deal with political and social issues that are of key interest to the Arab world and the world in general. The programme will have packages and discussions that go beyond the surface and look at the essence of issues rather than focusing on overt controversies. “The File” will be aired at 10pm on Friday nights and will be introduced by Sami Kluaib.

Al Jazeera’s viewers will also have a chance to enjoy more football related coverage through a weekly programme called “Dunia Al Kura”, or “The World of Football”. This programme will cover the different football events in a non-traditional style prepared by a team of sporting specialists. It will be hosted by Muhammed Sa’adoun Al Kuwwari at 8pm Monday nights.

“Minbar Al Jazeera” (“Al Jazeera’s Platform”), the programme which gives a voice to the voiceless will also see several changes to its look with a more interactive format allowing the audience to have a greater ability to express their views by engaging through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

All times noted above are GMT +3

 

Press Release:

New Documentary Series “Al-Islamiyoun” (the Islamists)  To Be Aired On Al Jazeera

October 25, 2009, Doha, Qatar: As part of its new program grid starting on November 1st, Al Jazeera Satellite Channel will air the new seriesAl Islamiyoun” (the Islamists).

Extending over 18 episodes, the program is the first documentary series presenting an in-depth analysis of political Islam and its development in the contemporary era. Drawing on a rich body of historical events, the series includes over 70 interviews with politicians belonging to different schools of thought in addition to a number of analysts and intellectuals from more than 12 countries.

The first part, which covers almost half of the series, presents a historical approach to the phenomenon of political Islam, starting from its foundation up to the 1960s. This is the period when most of the original Islamic movements emerged in a number of Islamic countries.

The second part covers the subsequent rise of political Islam and its diverse expressions extending beyond the founding movements. The documentary shows rare archival pictures of some of the most important events.

Preparations for this unprecedented and comprehensive documentary series spanned over almost four years and included an extended production team with the participation of a select group of researchers and intellectuals. This ground-breaking work adds to the previous achievements of Al Jazeera in the field of documentary production such as The Lebanon War, The Story of a Revolution, and Al-Nakba.

The program will start airing on Friday November 6 on Al Jazeera Satellite Channel, and on Saturday November 7 on Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.


Oriente.com a Roma il 13 ottobre per “Capitale digitale”

Il meglio del web 2.0 arabo si dà appuntamento a Roma la settimana prossima perOriente.com“, il secondo incontro del ciclo “Capitale digitale:idee per il futuro“, un progetto prodotto e curato da Telecom Italia, Wired Italia e la Fondazione Romaeuropa.

“Oriente.com” vuole aprire una finestra di discussione sul mondo arabo digitale. Dopo la recente acquisizione del portale arabo Maktoob da parte di Yahoo!, gli occhi dei venture capitalist del mondo intero sono puntati sulle start up arabe. La Giordania è stata ribattezzata “Silicon Valley araba”, con la sua popolazione giovane e sempre più impegnata a dare vita a nuove start up che operano sul versante dell’innovazione tecnologica e della creatività online. La Regina Rania è una dei “twitterati” più famosi del mondo, mentre la cultura dei 140 caratteri si impone anche in lingua araba, grazie a Watwet, il Twitter arabo. In tutto il mondo arabo i giovani –il 70% della popolazione araba è sotto i 25 anni- usano il web per costruire innovazione, aprire nuovi business, fare politica, mobilitare alla causa ambientale.

“Oriente.com” apre il dibattito su questo nuovo mondo arabo digitale, riflettendo sulle dinamiche del web 2.0 e sulle possibili collaborazioni all’interno del Mediterraneo con tre illustri ospiti provenienti dalla Regione:

– Laith M. Zraikat (Giordania) è co-fondatore e chief product officer di Jeeran.com, la più grande online community del mondo arabo, 1,5 milioni di utenti registrati e oltre 7 milioni di visitatori al mese. Jeeran è una sorta di “Facebook” all’araba, dove gli utenti si scambiano contenuti da loro prodotti, rigorosamente in lingua araba. Fondato da Laith con un gruppo di amici del college, Jeeran è il perfetto esempio di un modello di start up “alla Silicon Valley” che però si sviluppa tenendo conto del contesto arabo da cui proviene e opera.

– Nadine Toukan (Giordania) viene dal mondo della produzione di fiction, ha lavorato presso la Royal Film Commission giordana dove ha curato il programma “Emerging Arab filmmakers” insieme al Sundance Institute. Nadine sta sviluppando l’offerta di contenuti multimediali per la società giordana Arabtelemedia, vincitrice di un Emmy award per la sua fiction tv “L’invasione”. Blogger appassionata, è co-fondatrice e tribe-leader di UrdunMubdi3 (Creative Jordan), un social network dove le discussioni online diventano progetti operativi sul versante della creatività e dell’innovazione. Il suo prossimo progetto è uno show multipiattaforma sull’imprenditoria e le industrie creative in Giordania.

– Habib Haddad (Libano) è il co-fondatore di Yamli.com, una start up che fornisce strumenti per il potenziamento dell’uso della lingua araba su Internet. Il World Economic Forum ha recentemente insignito Habib dell’onorificenza di Young Global Leader  2009, e il suo nome compare fra i 30 più promettenti degli imprenditori arabi under 30, secondo la classifica di Arabian Business. Habib divide il suo tempo fra il Libano e Boston, dove Yamli.com ha sede.

Ho il piacere e l’onore di coordinare quest’incontro, la prima volta che a Roma si discute di questi argomenti. Devo ringraziare Salvo Mizzi per aver appoggiato il progetto e Gilda Morelli per aver fatto si che ci potessimo davvero incontrare tutti a Roma (non è mica facile far viaggiare gli arabi, anche se sono imprenditori di successo..). Sono orgogliosa che la mia città ospiti un meeting di questo livello e spero che sia occasione per porre le basi di un dialogo imprenditoriale, all’insegna della creatività e dell’innovazione nel Mediterraneo. Abbiamo più che mai bisogno di una nostra “via mediterranea al web 2.0″ che tenga conto delle specificità dell’imprenditoria mediterranea. Aprire un tavolo di confronto con il mondo arabo, che si sta dimostrando molto attivo sul versante delle start up tecnologiche, rappresenta un primo, concreto segnale.

Appuntamento all’Opificio Telecom, Via dei Magazzini generali 20/A, 13 ottobre dalle 18 alle 20.

Arab 2.0 to be featured in Rome next 13th October

Thanks to Salvo Mizzi from Telecom Italia project “Capitale digitale” we will have the pleasure to host a very special conference in Rome next 13th October 6-8pm at the nice location of Opificio Telecom, Fondazione RomaEuropa Via dei Magazzini Generali 20/A.

This meeting -the second one of the cycle “Città digitale”- is named “Oriente.com” and will feature 3 very interesting names of the emerging vibrant scene of Arab web 2.0. Have a look at their bios:

Laith Zraikat, the co-founder and chief product officer of the Arabic web portal Jeeran .

Laith started Jeeran with his friends during their college years to make it the largest online community for user-generated-content in the Arab world.

Now, with more than 10 years of experience in the online space, Laith serves as Director of Innovation, overseeing the design and development of innovative web services which propel Jeeran’s community of around 1.5 million registered users and 7 million unique visitors a month. Jeeran is now a growing family of 50 smart and dedicated individuals who thrive on the challenges they face. The Jeeran network has grown over the years and spans millions of pages of purely user-generated-content.Jeeran has also successfully launched two sister sites and is an early investor in the number one Arab comedy portal. A self taught technologist and entrepreneur, Laith has never had a job but enjoys creating jobs while pursuing his dream of building Jeeran into a major player in the global web space. Laith holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Jordan. Enjoys coding, design, hiking, cycling, and reading. Plans to one day fly a commercial jet and own an island.

Nadine Toukan, co-founder of Creative Jordan (Urdun Mubdi3)

Nadine produced on the multi-award winning feature film, Captain Abu Raed, and developed the capacity building division for the Royal Film Commission where she curated programs for emerging Arab filmmakers with Sundance Institute, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and the AM Qattan Foundation.  She curated the first corporate social responsibility forum for the mayor of Amman, and piloted the mobile film experience for the Arab Children Congress. She is currently working on the launch of a slew of Jordanian content channels for the International Emmy Award winning company Arab Telemedia Group. She is also the co-founder and tribe leader at UrdunMubdi3, and along with her partner, economist Yusuf Mansur, they are producing a multiplatform show on entrepreneurship and creative industry companies in Jordan.  She mantains a blog http://www.arabianmonkeytales.com and a very active Twitter profile @nadinetoukan.

Habib Haddad  – co-founder Yamli.com

Habib is an entrepreneur and recently co-founder of Yamli.com, a startup focused on empowering the Arabic language on the web. Today, he drives Yamli’s vision and product strategy. The World Economic Forum recognized him as a Young Global Leader in 2009, he is also part of the 2009 “Thirty under 30” list by Arabian Business. Prior to Yamli he co-founded INLET (International Network of Lebanese Entrepreneurs and Technologists), to promote entrepreneurship in the Arab world. During the July of 2006 war he founded Relief Lebanon to support relief operations. His past work experiences also include AMD and Mok3 a Boston startup out of the MIT. Habib advises several young entrepreneurs and startups from the MENA region and often speaks about early stage development and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

I’m very proud to be the coordinator and the host of such a meeting and I’m looking forward to welcoming Laith, Nadine and Habib in my home town. A big thanks to Salvo and Gilda from Telecom Italia to have made this possible. It was a lot of hard work, even in terms of logistics and particularly the visa issue. I hope this meeting will help our local community to understand the Arab world better and to start thinking about it as a vibrant place, plenty of young talented people, creativity and business opportunities.

See you in Rome on 13th, inshallah🙂