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September 15, 2005


Ghurab al-Bain

Very interesting question. Iraqi domestic television is a real growth industry and is (unlike in most of the Arab world) largely unfettered. Much of what you see is not that good but it is very "Iraqi," very local and attuned to the difficult reality of life in today's Iraq. Neither AJ nor AA adequately reflect that reality. Of course, the most popular Iraqi channels - Al-Sharqiyya, Al-Iraqiyya, Al-Sumariyya and others are available on Satellite dishes as well (now both Nilesat and Arabsat).

the aardvark

Yeah... I hope that future surveys like this one ask more precise questions. I suspect that for the pollsters, and for Iraqis, it is obvious what is meant by "Iraqi TV" vs "satellite TV" - i.e. the ones you mention are Iraqi, while AJ and AA are Satellite. But what about al-Hurra Iraq, for example? Just knowing which category Iraqis put that in would be interesting in and of itself!

Ghurab al-Bain

One (non-BBG commisioned) poll I saw in 2004 gave Al-Hurra Iraq a 7% viewership rate in Baghdad (a distant 5th place, after Iraqiyya, Sharqiyya, AL-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya) which is not very good but better than Al-Hurra does in the region as a whole. But that is an age ago in the region's most volatile media (and everything else) environment. Nationwide in Iraq, Al-Hurra scored less well, but again, that was about a year ago.

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