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Posted On: 18 January 2010 11:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Doha Debates to get wider audiences

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Doha Debates has signed deals with television channels in the United States, Egypt and Europe to expand its reach to audiences across the world. The debates are currently telecast by BBC World News. The new agreements will carry the programmes — now in their sixth series — to viewers of public television in New York (Wnet, channel 13 as well as MHz Worldview — an independent, non-commercial channel serving over half the top-20 US television markets). The Real News Network Canada/USA — a TV and Internet service provider — is to transmit the sessions to a growing audience in North America and beyond. “Seeing the world through the eyes of a studio audience in Qatar is a wonderful window into the mind of the Middle East,” said Doha Debates CEO Paul Jay. Egypt’s popular OTV channel has already begun carrying the debates with Arabic subtitles. In addition, BHRT in Bosnia and Herzegovina now transmits the discussions on its terrestrial and satellite system. “The Middle East is known as one of the world’s major flash points. But what audiences don’t know is that some young Arabs are trying to carve out a new reality for themselves — speaking their mind, asking tough questions, wanting a say in how their societies are run. That’s what we’re seeing on the debates,” said the Debates’ Chairman, Tim Sebastian