On The Communicators, Brian Conniff, president of Middle East Broadcasting Networks, including Radio Sawa; Alhurra TV, which broadcasts to 22 Arabic-speaking countries; Alhurra-Iraq, which broadcasts specifically to Iraq. Conniff discusses the mission of U.S. government-backed broadcasts to the Middle East. Conniff also discusses how the networks have changed since their launch in 2002, and he talks about the networks' role in the Arab Spring.
This is the second of a three-part series on U.S.-backed international broadcasting. In part one, The Communicators spoke with David Ensor, director of Voice of America. On the next The Communicators, Carlos Garcia-Perez, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which runs Radio and TV Marti, will discuss Cuban news and information.
The Communicators airs Saturday at 6:30 pm ET on C‑SPAN and Monday at 8 am and 8 pm ET on C‑SPAN 2.