BBC Arabic has launched Trending - a 30-minute news bulletin of what is trending on social media, to be presented Monday to Friday at 3pm GMT by Rania Attar and Ahmad Fakhoury.
BBC Arabic Trending will select the most popular and interesting stories on social media and dig deeper. The programme will feature interviews with experts and the individuals behind trending topics.
Attar and Fakhoury will illustrate stories with a large touch-screen and the latest graphics. Trending aims to bridge the gap between conventional news programmes and social media, presented in a style that aims to appeal to a younger generation.
Head of BBC Arabic Sam Farah said: “The way audiences have been consuming news is changing rapidly, and we have been gradually adapting our formats to continue to serve them. The new Trending programme is a brilliant way to deliver news to those who want something fresh and quick, but that retains the BBC's usual high standards for accurate and independent journalism.”
TV News editor, Edgard Jallad, added: “This might be the future of TV news; the region has been waiting for programmes like this for a while and I am so pleased that we are able to offer younger audiences across the region a programme that talks about the key issues which are trending.”