TBS Journal Issues First Print Edition

Transnational Broadcasting Studies is taking an historic step. After six years and thirteen electronic issues, Transnational Broadcasting Studies (TBS) is publishing in two formats for the first time -- one online, the other printed.

The online edition was published in May, followed a month later by the print edition, which contains a selection of articles appearing in the online edition, plus peer-reviewed academic papers. The print edition is available through distributor AUC Press from mid-June, 2005.

TBS leads with a special section on Culture Wars: The Arabic Music Video Controversy, which includes articles by anthropologist of popular culture Walter Armbrust (chairman of TBS's editorial board), Patricia Kubala, Amina Khairy, and Humphrey Davies. TBS is also particularly pleased to provide popular Islamic preacher Amr Khaled's call for cultural authenticity, and Brooke Comer's feature story and interview with Ruby, the singer, dancer, and actress whose unabashedly sensual video clips are as enthusiastically condemned by cultural watchdogs as they are awaited by the public.

TBS also revisits the leaders among the Arab satellite channels in S. Abdallah Schleifer's dialogue with Al Arabiya's general manager Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed and his reports on major developments there and at Al Jazeera. Also writing in this section are Hugh Miles, author of Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World and now a TBS contributing editor, plus Jon Alterman on Al Jazeera's English-language channel and Michael Hudson on "Washington vs. Al Jazeera."

Another special section, Hearts, Minds, and the Remote Control: Is American Media Diplomacy Working? focuses on US public diplomacy efforts in the Arab World. Lindsay Wise interviews Mouafac Harb, executive chairman of Alhurra and travels to the station's studios in Springfield VA to take a look, more than a year after the US-sponsored station's launch. This section also includes a swingeing critique of such efforts by William Rugh, a defense of Alhurra by Walid Phares, Jihad Fakhreddine's take on US public diplomacy, and an analysis of the military's failure to communicate effectively to the Arab media during the 2003 Iraq War by Lt. Commander Steve Tatham, Royal Navy spokesman for military operations during the conflict.

And elsewhere in this bumper issue you'll find Magda Abu-Fadil on events in Lebanon, Joel Campagna on censorship, Noha El-Hennawy on women preachers, Joe Khalil on free-to-air channels, Charles Levinson on Arab TV coverage of political campaigns, Marc Lynch on the democratizing power of Arab satellite TV, William Merrifield on Kurdish TV, Tarek Sabry on mental emigration and globalization, Summer Said on Alhurra, Naomi Sakr on Arab satellites and the state, Maha Shahba on Islamic channel Iqra, Stacy Philbrick Yadav on the Al-Manar ban, and Brian Whitaker on MEMRI. TBS's online edition also includes the conference reports, book reviews (edited by Ralph D. Berenger), Hamid Ouddane's Technical Review, Resource Documents (featuring the Egyptian Radio and Television Union's Code of Conduct), and the Satellite Chronicles section, now dramatically expanded thanks to the cooperation of BBC Monitoring.

TBS also is pleased to be able to reproduce, through special agreement, subscriber-only reports on "The Credibility of Satellite News Channels in Greater Cairo," "The Credibility of Satellite News Channels in Jordan," and "Jordan Media City Update" from the Amman-based Arab Advisors Group, which has emerged as an important professional resource for both the broadcasting and telecommunications industries.