COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

Development brought about by social media and modern media tools have become the primary source and platforms of exchange of information among individuals. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 22 November 2020

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of media role: Jordanian minister

  • Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their lives

DUBAI: The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of investing in the development of the media and communication sector, which is as an important tool to serve society, Jordan’s media minister said.

Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government, stressed that the pandemic highlighted the need for alternative modes of communication, state news agency Petra reported. 

Different media tools have helped people around the world complete work and continue their “lives under these exceptional circumstances,” Ayed said during a virtual session on the “Future of Media” conference organized by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Information.




Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian government. (Petra)

Ayed pointed to the great development brought about by social media and modern media tools during the past decade, stressing that they have become the primary source and platforms of exchange of information among individuals.

Ayed however warned of the dangers of social media and the threat of spreading rumors and false information in many Arab societies, which have limited levels of education and media culture.

Ayed stressed the importance of raising awareness, knowledge and correct culture in how to deal with these social problems.

“We are confident that the media, technical and information development during the coming years will lead us to more than we expect,” he said.

“What must be emphasized is the need for us to cooperate and join hands together in order to employ this development in the service of humanity,” he added.


MBC Group to bring Rotana Media’s channels and content to Shahid VIP

Updated 24 November 2020

MBC Group to bring Rotana Media’s channels and content to Shahid VIP

  • Rotana’s TV content will also be made available on-demand so that subscribers can watch it anytime

DUBAI: MBC Group and Rotana Media Group, the largest media companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, are joining forces to bring Rotana’s TV channels to Shahid VIP, MBC Group’s premium subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform.

Commenting on the partnership, MBC chairman, Waleed Al-Ibrahim said: “One year ago we signed our first partnership with Rotana Media Group, which contributed immensely to the Shahid VIP success story in 2020. Taking our collaboration to the next level was a natural step as we continue to enhance the Shahid VIP value proposition.”

Rotana’s TV content will also be made available on-demand so that subscribers can watch it anytime, anywhere, in the region. The long-term partnership will allow Shahid VIP to expand its Arabic content offering as it continues to deliver on its mission to entertain MENA audiences through a best-in-class streaming service.

Rotana’s award-winning TV channels – including Rotana Cinema, Rotana Khalijia, Rotana+, Rotana Classic, Rotana Kids, Rotana Drama and Rotana Music) – went live in high definition on Shahid VIP from Nov. 22 across the MENA region. Additionally, Rotana’s content will be available on-demand from December.

Walid Arab Hashem, CEO of Rotana Studios & TV

Walid Arab Hashem, CEO of Rotana Studios and TV, said: “We are delighted to conclude this groundbreaking deal with MBC Group and offer Rotana channels and content on its very successful platform Shahid VIP. We are true believers in the value of Arabic entertainment and its local, regional and international appeal, and we look forward to having a long-term relationship with MBC as a means to serve our audiences.”