BBC confirms Arabic TV
BBC World Service announced the launch of a new Arabic channel by 2007. This is wonderful news. In the Arab world, there is a kind of monopoly by some Arab satellite channels. They tend to perform at a very high level in terms of speed and response to international and Middle East News. Most of them also use a very high technology, however, most of them tend to see the news from the same angle.
Let me explain “the same angle” thing. They seem as if they represent different opposing opinions but in fact they sell and recycle the Arab regimes ideas unconsciously like the western enemies represented in the US enemy, the crushed Palestinians, Israel that should be thrown in the sea, Egyptians who betrayed the Arabs by signing a peace agreement with Israel, Syria that is unjustly accused by the west, the occupied Iraq by the US, Saddam who is still regarded as the legitimate president of Iraq, some of them support extremism…etc.
I have no doubt that the BBC will bring the same level of proficiency in the news that we are used to in the BBC English or Arabic radio station. My hope is that it would be able not only to supply the need for non-Arab news perspective but also to drive the news to a new direction to change the people’s political perspectives. It should be able to bring new “color” to politics to replace the decaying ideology of Arab dictator regimes that supports extremism and oppression.