A new series of documentary programmes has been produced by Alhurra Television in conjunction with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.
The first, focusing on the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010 following the self-immolation of fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, premiered on the channel this weekend, while the second will be aired in January to mark the first anniversary of the Egyptian uprising.
“Alhurra has been at the forefront of reporting on the Arab Spring, starting in late 2010 and continuing throughout 2011. This co-production with MacNeil/Lehrer takes a look back at the past year and then looks ahead to the future of the region following these historic events,” said Brian Conniff, president of Alhurra’s parent organisation, Middle East Broadcast Networks (MBN).
Alhurra, MBN’s Arabic news and current affairs channel is broadcast across the region via the Nilesat and Arabsat satellites. It is funded by the US Government and claims an average of 26 million weekly viewers over the past three years.
Subsequent episodes of the Arab Spring documentary series will focus on other countries in the Middle East and will be televised in spring 2012.
“Each episode will capture the pulse and sentiment of the people on the street, in the cities, and around the battles that have marked this past year of profound and dramatic change, while seeking insight into the future,” said a statement from Alhurra.