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Privatization and Transnational Communication

The Third Annual Conference of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE) The third annual conference of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators (AUSACE) was held in Helnan Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, September 7-10, 1998. The conference was hosted by the American University in Cairo and co-sponsored by Georgia …

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From the Editor

Welcome to the journal Transnational Broadcasting Studies. It's a complex name, but one very deliberately chosen. A journal restricted to media that is both broadcasting in nature and transnational in range of transmission may seem highly specialized, but this is in actuality an already enormous and ever-growing field with the …

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Nilesat 101 Channels

Source: Dr. Hussein Amin, Member of the Higher Committee for Specialized Nilesat Networks, the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, Cairo, Egypt. The biggest development in transnational broadcasting in the Arab world this year was the launch of Nilesat, not only Egypt's first national satellite but also the first satellite owned …

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The Regulation of Arab Satellite Broadcasting

Abstract  Direct broadcast by satellite (DBS) to and within the Arab world is regulated in various ways at the national and international levels. Regulatory regimes affecting reception, programming and ownership differ from state to state, while Arab-owned satellite channels operating from outside the region are also subject to the licensing …

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Satellite Television from Lebanon: A Preliminary Look at the Players

Abstract  Lebanon's Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) and Future TV satellite broadcasts are popular with Arab audiences. After unlicensed broadcasting proliferated during the 1974-1990 war, the Audio-Visual Law of 1994 regulated all broadcasting activities and sanctioned satellite broadcasting, which LBCI and Future began in 1996. The two stations appear to …

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CNE in Egypt: Some Light at the End of an Arduous Tunnel

During the 1990s, the Middle East has experienced an explosion of growth in new media services, especially those delivered by satellite. The Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), Orbit, Arab Radio and Television (ART), Emirates Dubai TV, and Egypt's Spacenet have all become well-known entities in the region (Bulloch 1995). Most …

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Digital Platforms in the Middle East

The Middle East has no fewer than four competing digital television platforms fighting for viewer loyalty: ART/1st NET, Orbit, Star Select, and Gulf DTH/Showtime. Four years ago there was no subscription TV. The few direct-to-home (DTH) satellite channels were all free-to-air and offered little threat to the monopoly state-run national …

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Transnational Media and Regionalism

The Arab League's headquarters in Cairo lie just a few hundred meters away from the city's statue of Simon Bolivar. The two represent monuments to desires for regional autonomy and unity—desires that time has proved easier to conceptualize than to implement. Yet a half century after the founding of the …

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