FaceOf: Dawood Al-Shirian, president of the Saudi Broadcasting Corp.

Updated 14 May 2018

FaceOf: Dawood Al-Shirian, president of the Saudi Broadcasting Corp.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ambitious reform drive took another step forward this week, with the launch of a new public TV channel branded “SBC.”

The Saudi Broadcasting Corp. channel will promote drama and art productions featuring leading Arab actors and directors.

The channel’s shows and specialist programs will also focus on religion, family, sports, and general entertainment.

Dawood Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Shirian is the president of the Saudi Broadcasting Corp. since Nov. 27, 2017. Al-Shirian is a Saudi journalist, media personality and TV presenter. He also hosted the television program Al-Thamina on MBC from 2012 until Nov. 12, 2017. 

Al-Shirian attained a degree in journalism from King Saud University in Riyadh in 1976. 

He began his career in journalism in 1977 with Al-Jazira newspaper. He then joined Al-Yamamah magazine in 1977 and became its managing editor. Al-Shirian became the first correspondent of the Associated Press in Saudi Arabia in 1980. 

The launch of the channel will help lay the foundation for a solid media and film industry in the Kingdom, Al-Shirian told Arab News. 

“It has been a challenge. Launching a new channel might take a year and half. However, we have done the work in just five months,” he said.

“We did not want to just promise, we wanted to build a relationship of trust and transparency between us, the viewers and investors ,” he said. 

Al-Shirian added that the SBC management had a “new mindset and mentality that reflects the transition the Kingdom is undergoing politically, economically, and technologically.” 

Al-Shirian said the Saudi artists, filmmakers, producers and writers have proven their talent worldwide, but lacked appreciation from the Saudi Broadcasting Corp. in the past. “We will attract talented Saudis and qualified youth to make use of our national capabilities,” he said.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.