BBC to tackle Middle Eastern economy

The British broadcaster is gearing up to launch a new economy-based programme on the region.

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By  John Irish Published  January 19, 2004

Middle East satellite viewers are set to see the latest Middle East business news on BBC World. The British broadcaster is teaming up with Egyptian Orascom Telecom to launch ‘Middle East Business Report’ from the 24th January. More details on the project are set to be revealed during a press conferenced scheduled for January 21 in Cairo. However, the London based Arabic daily Al Hayat reported that the programme will comprise in-depth economic analysis, local and international economic news directed at the region and market index updates. A number of high-profile experts from the Middle Eastern business community are also expected to contribute on burning issues. Until now, the BBC has placed much of its efforts on reporting economic news from Asia, Europe and the US, but the latest move adds to recent attempts to refocus its attention on Middle Eastern affairs. In a futher development, the news channel also announced that it was recruiting Al Jazeera’s editor-in-chief, Ibrahim Helal. A statement from the BBC World Service Trust confirmed that Helal would be working on various media training projects over the next two years.

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