Media tycoon to set up English channels in US

Shaikh Saleh Kamel, chairman of Al Baraka Group, told Arabian Business at the two day World Islamic banking conference held in Bahrain {Nov. 2-3}, that he is planning to set up a number of English television channels in the United States.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  November 2, 2002

Shaikh Saleh Kamel, chairman of Al Baraka Group, told Arabian Business at the two day World Islamic banking conference held in Bahrain {Nov. 2-3}, that he is planning to set up a number of English television channels in the United States.

"There is a project to make channels in an English language and to establish a news agency," Kamel told Arabian Business.

Kamel who founded MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Centre) and ART (Arab Radio and Television) told Arabian Business, “I think this is the main mistake which we Arabs have made, we have not talked to the West at all, we always talk to ourselves.” “Now is the time to talk to them to explain to them about Islam. We should explain our religion and civilisation.”

Kamel who initially declined to comment as to how much the project would cost, later told reporters the price tag of the project was US $100 million to deal with what Arabs see post September 11, as a campaign waged against Arabs and Islam by the Western media.

“There is no media that convey our message across to the West...One of the projects will be a free-to-air TV channel in English aimed at non-Muslims,” Kamel told Reuters, while in Kula Lumpur. “We don't want to compete with CNN or BBC. We will produce news and they can use our news if they wish.”

There have been several calls for an Arab media presence in the West and in particular the United States, and Kamel indicated in an interview with Reuters that no government funding would be allowed in the US $100 million project.

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