Egypt's TV presenter Reem Maged back to screen after long hiatus

Ayat Al Tawy , Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

Reem Maged
Egypt's Anchor Reem Maged (Photo: Reem Maged Facebook page)

Egypt's outspoken TV presenter Reem Maged will be back on the airwaves next month after almost a two-year lull with a new female-centric show with her former channel ONtv.

The new show, a cooperation between the privately-owned channel and the Arabic-language station of German Deutsche-Welle (DW), will focus on presenting inspiring examples of women in the north African country, as announced by Maged and the broadcasters in a press conference on Wednesday. It is due to be aired weekly as of 2 May.

Maged, known for her staunch support of the 2011 revolution, has been off screen since mid-2013. Her political talk show, Baladna Bel Masry, was stopped after she refused to renew her contract, saying later in an interview that a shift in the channel's policy was no longer "in line with my convictions."

Maged grabbed the limelight during Egypt's 2011 revolution for her vociferous criticism of authorities in the run-up to the downfall of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. She continued to be a critical voice of the military council that ruled for 17 months after Mubarak and until the ouster of his successor Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Talk show host Yosri Fouda, another media critic of the state whose program also aired on ONtv, went on hiatus shortly after the ouster of Morsi in July 2013. He said at the time that he needed a break for health reasons and came back on air almost four months later, before calling it quits in September 2014.  

In June 2014 the trademark show of Egypt's most popular satirist Bassem Youssef, which lampooned authorities and politicians, was pulled of air because of what the comedian said was pressure on the station airing it and a climate of shrinking freedom.

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