DOHA: Qatar is planning to launch more television channels and radio stations with a focus on local issues, a senior official of the Qatar Media Corporation has said.
Mubarak Jaham Al Kuwari, Executive President of QMC, said in an interview with Al Sharq that the project was part of a new media strategy that aims to develop the Qatari media to world standards.
The plan includes launching new television channels and radio stations offering specialised services, with an accent on local issues. “Our goal is to highlight local issues and the Qatari identity on screen,” said Al Kuwari.
Upgrading Qatar Television and establishment of a Media City in the country are also part of the new strategy.
The QMC will set up a special centre to train Qatari youth to help them develop their media skills. As part of this project, 18 Qatari youth will join as broadcasters for the next National Day celebrations, said Al Kuwari.
Work on upgrading Qatar Television is currently on. For instance, Qatar TV’s sports channel that has been telecasting local sports events have now got permission to air events taking place in other countries.
He said Qatar Television and Qatar Radio have been given a high degree of freedom in covering local and international events and issues.
“Even before the launch of Al Jazeera channel, we had a programme titled “Issues and Opinion,” that was launched under the patronage of the Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who was then the Heir Apparent. The Peninsula
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