Zeina Yazigi, lead anchor at Asharq explains how the regional news channel intends to make a difference

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Updated 11 November 2020

Zeina Yazigi, lead anchor at Asharq explains how the regional news channel intends to make a difference

  • Yazigi, a veteran Syrian journalist, joined Asharq, a collaborator of Bloomberg in business news, after lengthy stints at Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.

LONDON: The new Middle East channel Asharq New’s leading anchor, Zeina Yazigi, believes the station, being run in an exclusive content agreement with Bloomberg, has a duty to “connect the world with the news and empower viewers.”

Speaking to Arab News ahead of the TV station’s launch, Yazigi said: “At Asharq, we know we can get news now basically everywhere, but we believe that it is our duty to connect the world and place this fact in its context. We believe in the power of context.

“This is what we would like to do at Asharq. This is our target, to empower viewers and users to have views — not any views, but views based on factual information.”

 

Yazigi, a veteran Syrian journalist, joined Asharq, a collaborator of Bloomberg in business news, after lengthy stints at Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.

Asharq News’ digital platforms are centered around two main websites — general news and Asharq Business, which includes an exclusive content agreement with Bloomberg.

“Asharq Business with Bloomberg is a significant milestone in our continued global expansion strategy, allowing us to bring the best of Bloomberg's news, analysis and insight to Arab-speaking audiences across the Middle East for the first time,” said Justin B. Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media Group. “The network’s business content will be governed by the same high editorial standards that govern our own channels and will provide balanced, objective reporting on issues that are important to business decision makers across the region.”

The general news site comes with the added benefit of leveraging artificial intelligence to offer a unique and customised user experience., Yazigi explained.

 

“At Asharq, we’re not only a TV (channel) and we don’t just copy what we have on the screen and put it on digital platforms. We have totally separate news people and news staff working on the digital and our digital online platforms and social media,” she said.

“They provide material that is special to those platforms and also, being new, of course, we have an advantage that we are using advanced technology that will help the audience and users to find the news they’re looking for,” she said, adding that “actually, the news will find you due to that technique.”

While the station focuses on programs that deliver useful and relevant content for business opinion and policy leaders, Yazigi explains that it also takes into account the fact that most Arabic speakers are part of a younger generation under 25.

 

“At Asharq we believe that today’s youth like to think, they like to collect, to search, they like to understand and have their own views and perspectives, and they like these views to be heard. This is how we deal with the news and with the youth at Asharq,” she said.

Asharq News is a 24/7 multi-platform news service that brings content to users in the Arab region and the rest of the world, providing news and analysis, often through an economic prism.

Headquartered in Riyadh, with central offices in Dubai and Washington D.C, Asharq News also includes  hubs in Abu Dhabi, and Cairo, with regional offices in Beirut, Baghdad, Jerusalem and Istanbul.

“We connect events, the news, what happened to why it happened. We look to its geographical setting and historical background, and also to the consequences that this specific news might have on everybody’s daily life,” Yazigi said.


Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

Updated 28 November 2020

Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

  • Hosted by veteran journalist Frank Kane, program will interview movers and shakers, world policymakers
  • Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout

LONDON: Arab News, the region’s leading English-language Middle East newspaper, is proud to announce its latest video product: “Frankly Speaking,” a recorded show that will interview and challenge movers and shakers, world policymakers and influential deciders on topics relating to the Arab world.

Hosted by veteran, award-winning journalist and senior Arab News business columnist, Frank Kane, who has interviewed influential business leaders and key politicians from around the world including Emirati tycoon, Khalaf Al-Habtoor, president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Borge Brende, and Anthony Scaramucci, the former communications adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout.

 

 

“Frankly Speaking” will be available on Arab New’s YouTube channel and on the program page on the Arab News website.

Commenting on the launch, Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas said: “As the leading English language news source on Saudi Arabia and Middle East, it was only natural for Arab News to expand its video offering and we are very proud to present 'Frankly Speaking' as our first product for our followers worldwide.”

“While editorial integrity can only be proven, the combination of the credibility of both the Arab News brand and the long experience and interview style of Frank Kane will ensure that each episode provides an intellectually stimulating debate and plenty of material for further discussion,” he said.

 

 

The first episode of “Frankly Speaking” launches on Saturday at 5 p.m. Riyadh time (2 p.m. GMT) and will feature former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who will talk about his own recipe for change in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s reforms, the difference between Islamabad’s relationship with Iran and with Saudi Arabia, as well as his views on Israel.