CNN increases regional content

The international news channel is to introduce a monthly programme called 'Inside the Middle East.'

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By  David Ingham Published  September 15, 2003

CNN is to introduce a half hour long, monthly show called 'Inside the Middle East.' The programme, which premiers on Friday October 3, will focus on the economic, social and cultural affairs of the Middle East.

"'Inside the Middle East' will be a voyage of discovery in a region rich in history, character and personalities, which is often overshadowed by conflict," said Rena Golden, executive vice president and general manager of CNN International.

"With the launch of this programme, CNN aims to bring its audience an insight and deeper understanding into this diverse, complex and fascinating area and will give viewers the chance to see the Middle East in a broader context."

The programme will be hosted by Rula Amin, CNN's Jordan-based Middle East correspondent, and each episode will feature three in-depth reports on various aspects of life in the Middle East. Reports will be filed by well known journalists such as Jane Arraf, Rym Brahimi, Nic Robertson, Brent Sadler and Ben Wedeman.

The first programme sees Amin taking viewers to the remote Socotra Island off the Yemeni coast. There will also be a profile of world famous Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab, and a feature piece called 'Inside Guide', which will go 'off-the-beaten path' in Dubai.

Inside the Middle East will air on Fridays at 16.00, Saturdays at 20.30 and Sundays at 17.30 Central European Time.

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