MBC group set ‘to collaborate with Hollywood’

Updated 05 April 2018

MBC group set ‘to collaborate with Hollywood’

  • MBC is set to collaborate with major Hollywood players
  • Jaber dismissed social media as being dubbed a news platform
MBC, the Dubai-based media group, is set to grow internationally and collaborate with major Hollywood players, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
The company’s Group TV Director Ali Jaber said during a panel discussion on the second day of the Arab Media Forum that the company’s chairman was “enthused” about the media company’s future plans following a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“After (MBC Chairman) Sheikh Waleed Ibrahim met with the crown prince, he is enthused about MBC and its future growth into an international organization,” Jaber said.
“It will be responsible for important partnerships between Saudi Arabia and international organizations and Hollywood,” he added.
Joining Jaber on the panel was Lebanese singer Najwa Karam who spoke of the role social media played with celebrities. “It’s more personal and we work on it ourselves but with the experts — we have a direct line of communication with the fans,” she said.
Jaber, however, dismissed social media as being dubbed a news platform but rather called it a “communication platform.”
“When you give millions of people a line of communication, you shut down the gatekeeper, making it open for all the people,” he said.
Karam spoke of the importance of knowing the backgrounds of influencers as well as dealing with negative comments that appear on her social media posts, saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
“Its important to know the backgrounds of these influencers: Who are they? What did they work before?” Karam said, adding that, “morality counts.”
Jaber also explained that television is not responsible for society’s health, saying that “if we do a show about reading and viewers don’t read … then it’s not television.”
“Schools, families and governmental institutions must play this role,” he added. When asked about cyber-bullying, the group TV director said that every format has its ills, with cyber-bullying being just “cyber” with the bullying always having existed.
The Lebanese singer hit out at Google’s video-sharing website YouTube, asking the company to look out for the rights of the composers, lyricists and artists when allowing a video to be uploaded.



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Despite setbacks, Arab summit at media forefront

Updated 20 January 2019

Despite setbacks, Arab summit at media forefront

  • Japanese journalist says they have to cover the summit because the Mideast region is too important for Japan
  • TV, print and radio journalists were given the necessary equipment and space to allow constant reporting of the summit’s opening remarks

BEIRUT: Journalists from across the world gathered in Lebanon’s Beirut Waterfront to cover the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit on Sunday despite the tumultuous days leading up to the event.

It was not just Arab and Middle Eastern journalists who were present at the summit’s official media center; reporters from Japan, Europe and the US were also in attendance. 

There were conflicting reports on the number of journalists attending, ranging from 600 to double that. The summit’s official spokesman Dany Najim said 1,200 journalists covered the event. 

In addition to journalists working with news organizations and institutions were those traveling as part of country delegations. 

The Arab League sent 11 journalists, while official numbers put an average of 10 journalists per delegation. 

“We must cover the summit. The region is very important to us. It’s where we buy oil and gas,” said a Japanese journalist.

TV, print and radio journalists were given the necessary equipment and space to allow constant reporting of the summit’s opening remarks. While they were placed in a hall adjacent to the main summit meeting room, two large screens were continuously airing the summit’s activities and talks.

Rigid security protocols were in place for the safety of attending delegations. Roads starting from Beirut’s Phoenicia Hotel in Minet Al-Hosn district all the way to Al-Nahar newspaper’s offices in Martyrs’ Square were closed as part of a security zone. 

Transportation of journalists was organized by the summit, where a bus was available round the clock to pick them up and take them to the Monroe Hotel — the media hub for the summit — in Minet Al-Hosn, before taking another bus to the Beirut Waterfront.

Several stores and restaurants were forced to shut for the days of the summit, while some issued mass text messages to the public to announce that they will stay open.

This is the fourth Arab Economic and Social Development Summit. The previous ones were hosted by Kuwait in 2009, Egypt in 2011, and Saudi Arabia in 2013.