Cairo, Egypt: 04 February 2013 – Egyptian actor and celebrity Hesham Selim will host Hiwar Al Qahira, a new Egypt-focused weekly discussion show on Sky News Arabia.
An extension of Sky News Arabia’s popular weeknight Hiwar Al Laila programme, Hiwar Al Qahira, or the “Cairo Dialogue”, will feature live discussions with studio guests on key political, social and economic developments in Egypt and from across the Arab world as seen from an Egyptian perspective.
Hiwar Al Qahira will air every Saturday at 21:00 Cairo (23:00 UAE) starting 16 February. Viewers will continue to benefit from Sky News Arabia’s fast-paced breaking news format with headlines during the hour as well as live coverage of major regional and international developments.
“We are obviously thrilled to have eisham on board for Hiwar Al Qahira. He brings a unique, refreshing perspective to this type show that I’m certain our viewers will find interesting. At the same time, what happen in Egypt has an impact across the entire region and beyond – just look at the events over the past two years – so it’s going to be very interesting for Arab audiences to get local insights and analysis from Hesham and his guests about developments there,” Nart Bouran, Head of News at Sky News Arabia, explained.
“This is a new challenge for me and one that I’m very excited about,” Selim commented. “The Arab world is going through major change and Egypt is at the centre of that change. Joining Sky News Arabia to host Hiwar Al Qahira provides an opportunity to tackle these issues head on and to shed light on the developments that are having such a major impact on the day-to-day lives of millions of Egyptians and Arabs.”
An Egyptian icon and Cairo native, Selim has been a staple on Arab cinema screens for over four decades and is well respected for his versatility as an actor. Hiwar Al Qahira marks his first foray into the news and talk show business.
Sky News Arabia is also extending its well-respected weeknight Hiwar Al Laila program to a full 60 minutes. Hosted by Mohannad Al Khatib, Hiwar Al Laila tackles key issues from around the Arab world the beyond, offering depth and context of events through live discussions with studio guests. Hiwar Al Laila airs Sunday thru Thursday at 21:00 Cair (23:00 UAE).
Sky News Arabia broadcasts free-to-air on Nilesat 201, Transponder 14; Arabsat Badr 4, Transponder 15 and Hotbird (Eutelsat 13C, ex Hotbird9), Transponder 51. The channel is also available on OSN channel 122 in HD and 123 in SD, Etisalat eLife channel 236 in HD and 234 in SD, du channel 17 in HD and channel 16 in SD, Qtel Mozaic TV channel 105 and the Abu Dhabi TV Network. Live streaming of the channel is available at www.skynewsarabia.com and www.livestation.com
Viewers can follow the channel on Facebook at facebook.com/SkyNewsArabia, Google+ at google.com/+skynewsarabia and on Twitter at @skynewsarabia and, for breaking news, at @skynewsarabia_b.
About Sky News Arabia
Sky News Arabia is a 24-hour, Arabic-language rolling news channel broadcasting in HD quality from Abu Dhabi. A joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation and the UK’s BSkyB, the channel offers fresh, fast and independent news across multiple media platforms including live streaming of its broadcast on the internet and via dedicated mobile applications. Sky News Arabia operates 16 bureaus in key cities across the region as well as international bureaus in London and Washington DC. The channel also draws upon sister channel Sky News’ global network of bureaus, ensuring comprehensive coverage of regional and international events.