Qatar's BeIN lays off presenters, reporters amid lack of sport to cover

A reporter of Qatar's Al-Jazeera owned television channel BeIN Sports working at a French L1 football match. (AFP/File)
Short Url
Updated 15 June 2020

Qatar's BeIN lays off presenters, reporters amid lack of sport to cover

  • BeIN has cut more than 100 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic hit services

LONDON: Qatari sports broadcaster BeIN has cut more than 100 jobs after the coronavirus pandemic hit services. 

Presenters, reporters and technicians are among those axed, Bloomberg reported Monday.

The network, which operates channels across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America, holds the rights to broadcast an array of sports events, leagues and tournaments.

But with much competitive sport on hold or only just getting going again, BeIN is cutting costs.

The move is in line with a demand issued from the tiny emirate’s rulers for state funded entities to reduce spending on non-Qatari staff.

“Broadcasters around the world are making incredibly difficult decisions in order to survive – and BeIN is not immune,” a BeIN spokesperson said.

Earlier, reports said pilots at Qatar Airways would be among those losing their jobs as part of cut backs.


Egyptian icon Bahiga Hafez gets Google Doodle tribute

Updated 38 min 29 sec ago

Egyptian icon Bahiga Hafez gets Google Doodle tribute

  • Hafez was widely known for her extensive contribution in the early days of Egyptian cinema
  • Her work has “helped pave the way for the start of what is widely considered Egyptian cinema’s golden age in the 1940s”

DUBAI: Google honored one of Egypt’s cinema icons Bahiga Hafez with a doodle on Tuesday, in what would have been the star’s 112th birthday.

The doodle, which shows a young Hafez with a pearl-embellished head dress, was illustrated by Cairo-based artist Marian El-Reweny.

Hafez was widely known for her extensive contribution in the early days of Egyptian cinema – both as an on-screen talent and behind the scenes where she would work as a producer, director, editor, costume designer or composer.

The Alexandria-born pioneering icon earned a degree in music composition in Paris in 1930. She moved back to Egypt to work with record companies until she was cast as the female lead in the silent film “Zeinab” for her debut onscreen performance.

Hafez and her husband, Mahmoud Hamdi, established Fanar Film Company two years later, which further demonstrated her talent in filmmaking. The company released “Al-Dahaya” in 1932, and Hafez played a crucial role in its production.

The groundbreaking star went on to produce more films, and her work has “helped pave the way for the start of what is widely considered Egyptian cinema’s golden age in the 1940s,” Google said.

She died in Cairo in December 1983 at the age of 75.