A 30-minute news bulletin of what is trending on social media, will be presented five days a week by Rania Attar and Ahmad Fakhoury.
BBC Arabic Trending, a 30-minute news bulletin of what is trending on social media, will be presented five days a week from Monday to Friday, at 15:00 GMT by Rania Attar and Ahmad Fakhoury, as per an official release from the BBC.
The new programme will reportedly select the most popular and interesting stories on social media and dig deeper. Trending will feature interviews with experts and the individuals behind trending topics.
Presenters Rania Attar and Ahmad Fakhoury will illustrate stories with a large touch-screen and graphics. Trending, the BBC claims, aims to bridge the gap between conventional news programmes and social media.
Commenting on the initiative, Head of BBC Arabic Sam Farah said: The way audiences have been consuming news is changing rapidly, and we have been gradually adapting our formats to continue to serve them. The new Trending programme is a brilliant way to deliver news to those who want something fresh and quick, but that retains the BBC’s usual high standards for accurate and independent journalism.
BBC Arabic Trending is reportedly part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s, funded through $384 million from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.