Gulf radio and TV fest draws big crowds

The Eighth Gulf Radio and Television Production Festival, which will see some of the biggest names in broadcasting vying for the annual production awards, will begin tomorrow in Bahrain.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 12, 2004

The Eighth Gulf Radio and Television Production Festival, which will see some of the biggest names in broadcasting vying for the annual production awards, will begin tomorrow in Bahrain. The four-day event will be chaired by Bahrain’s Information Minister Nabeel Al Hamer, with Dr Abdulwahab Baghdadi, director-general of Gulf Vision and Khalil Althawadi, chief executive of Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC), as deputies. The event will feature screenings, broadcasts and lectures. A large number of celebrities from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf are expected to attend the festival. A special ceremony is scheduled for the final day, when the recipients of the awards will be disclosed at the Regency Inter-Continental Hotel. BRTC’s Althawadi mentioned at the press conference that special emphasis would be laid on radio productions at this festival. "The competition is a traditional showcase for the best television productions in the Arab world, including radio programmes, which are neglected most of the time," said Althawadi. "We are in a visual world, not a world of radio anymore, so it is time we recognised the contribution radio makes," he added. Fifty entries have been submitted by official GCC broadcasting companies while another 200 have come from Arab production companies. "We will judge entrants in various categories like television plays, religious programmes, documentaries, small video clips and songs," said Althawadi. Entrants have been nominated based on quality, theme and presentation. The judging committees are being headed by Lahaam, one of Syria's top television entertainers and judging will begin today. The objective of the event is to enable media personnel from the Arab world to gather together and exchange ideas, tips, strategies and expertise that will enable the broadcasting industry flourish, said Althawadi. "We hope the festival will be able to give birth to new mergers and joint productions between some of the region's top production houses," he said.

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