Radio and television festival kicks off in Tunis

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The festival runs until the end of June. (SPA)
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The festival runs until the end of June. (SPA)
Updated 29 June 2019
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Radio and television festival kicks off in Tunis

TUNIS: More than 270 programs will compete for awards at the 20th Arab Festival for Radio and Television in Tunis. 

The festival, which runs from June 27 to 30, is organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in cooperation with the Tunisian Radio and Tunisian Television Establishment and the Arab Satellite Communications Organization.

The festival welcomes representatives of ASBU member nations, including Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony honored figures who had impacted radio and television throughout the Arab world. The inauguration ceremony was preceded by seminars focusing on audiovisual archives, digital audio broadcasting, the launch of broadcasting in Tunisia and technology developments in the audiovisual field.  


Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government

Updated 55 min 15 sec ago

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government

  • Gantz is yet to respond to the approach by Netanyahu
  • The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu’s weakened position

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday on his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner.
A spokeswoman for Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party.
The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu’s weakened position after he failed again in Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive ballot in April, to secure a parliamentary majority.
“During the election campaign, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government but to my regret, the election results show that this is impossible,” Netanyahu said.
“Benny, we must set up a broad unity government, as soon as today. The nation expects us, both of us, to demonstrate responsibility and that we pursue cooperation.”
On Wednesday, Gantz said he hoped for a “good, desirable unity government.” But he has also ruled out forming one with a Netanyahu-led Likud, citing looming corruption charges against the prime minister. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.