Organiser: Arab Broadcast Forum
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Date and Time: The conference will be 29-30 April, the session will be at 3pm on 30 April.
Format: No written contributions or speeches are needed. This is more of a chat with friends and colleagues who are interested in your views. There will be contributions from the audiences and email contributions from the public. Expect your views to be challenged and be ready for lots of fun!
Language: Arabic. Ar-E and E-Ar simultaneous translation will be available for audiences and panelists. The Arabic stream will be taken for tv and radio.
Key questions: It is more than a decade since the launch of the first Arab satellite tv news channels. Have such channels contributed in developing a better understanding of democracy? Should the media promote and advocate democracy or only report the the debate? Who do satellite channels speak for? the majority or the minority? Do they represent the masses or the voices of descent? Do they reflect the range of views in the Arab World? Are they being challenged by the bloggers and does the increasing influence of Arab bloggers mean that the media failed in reflecting the diversity of opinions in the Arab World?
Moderator: Hosam El Sokkari, head, BBC Arabic Network
Featured Speakers: Abdellatif Al-Menawy, head of news, ERTU; Lawrence Pintak, director, Adham Centre for Television Journalism, American University in Cairo, Mahmood Al-Yousif, blogger and activist, Bahrain; Saad Bin Tifla Al-Ajami, academic ex-minister of information in Kuwait; Major Gen. William Caldwell, Spokesperson, Multinational Force in Iraq.
This session will be produced with live audience participation from the audience. It will be broadcast live on BBC Arabic radio and streamed on BBCArabic.com in co-operation with Abu Dhabi Television.
This is going to be very interesting indeed. I’ll blog about it from Abu Dhabi if I get the chance, but expect to hear about it when I get back. This is going to be a day trip (a very long one mind you, I’ll be leaving at approximately 5am and returning just after midnight on the same day – I hope!)