MBC, DW to broadcast Bassem Youssef's TV show

Parent Category: News | 04-02-2014

MBC Misr and Germany's Deutsche Welle (DW) are to bring Bassem Youssef's satirical show Al Bernameg (The Programme) back to Middle East TV screens on Friday 7 February.

Egyptian broadcaster CBC controversially suspended the latest season of Al Bernameg in October 2013, after just one show. In it, Bassem Youssef mocked both the military and ousted President Morsi, along with current nationalist zeal in the troubled North African country.

MBC's Egyptian channel will be first to air with each 45-minute episode of the show, with DW broadcasting it directly afterwards on its international Arabic channel, online with LiveStream and on-demand.

"Bassem Youssef is one of the most renowned critical voices of the Arab world," said Peter Limbourg, director general, Deutche Welle.

"Through DW, his show will now reach people across the Arabic-speaking region. Including it in our programming means taking a clear stance in favour of freedom of the press and opinion, as well as courageous journalism. We are showing the world that we adhere to our values."

Bassem Youssef added: "I am very happy for Al Bernameg to have international exposure through its re-run on DW. Deutsche Welle has always been an advocate for freedom of expression and stands for objective reporting without censorship."

Time magazine has named Bassem Youssef one of the 100 most influential people of 2013. In November, Youssef received a Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), as one of four personalities who "face imprisonment and other threats for exposing realities".