Alhurra and Al Hayah TV 2 Partner on New Program for the Egyptian Elections

Alhurra’s Tarek El Shamy and Al Hayah TV 2’s Mahmoud Mosalam
Alhurra’s Tarek El Shamy and Al Hayah TV 2’s Mahmoud Mosalam

Springfield, VA Alhurra TV and Al Hayah TV 2 will join together for a series of high-profile interviews of Egyptian presidential candidates in the week leading up to the Egyptian election. In each episode of The President – Egypt 2012, a candidate will be interviewed by Alhurra’s Tarek El Shamy and Al Hayah TV 2’s Mahmoud Mosalam. The candidates will also answer questions from a panel of Egyptian experts and analysts within the program. The President – Egypt 2012 will air simultaneously on both networks beginning Sunday, May 13th.

The special eight-episode series will broadcast daily, with two additional episodes following the first round of elections if there is a run-off election. The President – Egypt 2012 will air from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cairo time.

“As a joint production, The President—Egypt 2012 allows for even more viewers to hear the candidates in their own words discussing their platforms and visions for the future of Egypt,” stated MBN President Brian Conniff. “We look forward to working with Al Hayah TV 2 on this important project, as well as possible endeavors in the future.”

The President– Egypt 2012 is a part of Alhurra’s extensive coverage of the Egyptian presidential elections, including daily reports on the issues such as the military’s role, the economy, and the role of women in politics. The network is also hosting a series of in-depth one-on-one interviews with the Egyptian presidential candidates leading up to the elections. On May 23 and 24, Alhurra will have live continuous coverage of the Egyptian election.

Alhurra’s coverage of the Egyptian Revolution won the People’s Choice Award in the Association for International Broadcasting’s 2011 Media Excellence Awards. Recent surveys by research companies such as ACNielsen show that Alhurra’s weekly reach in Egypt is nearly 8 million viewers. Alhurra is operated by the non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency.  The BBG provides oversight and serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.

Deirdre Kline
Director of Communications
Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.