Starting from March 5th, 2015, Sky News Arabia has launched its latest weekly show, ‘Khat Attamas’, a sports-based talk show that airs every Thursday between 7:30pm – 8pm (UAE).
Hosted by Ali Garni, Sky News Arabia’s in-house sports expert, each episode of the Arabic language show is designed to offer in-depth commentary and comparisons on star athletes, clubs, national teams and various tournaments.
The first episode held a comparison between Al Hilal and Al Nassr Saudi clubs. The programme also invited an Al Nassr fan and an Al Hilal fan to share their viewpoints on the two teams. The inaugural episode witnessed high viewership and interaction on social networking platforms.
Named after a football-based term meaning ‘touchlines’, Khat Attamas incorporates a mix of public opinion and expert analysis, and features interactive elements to engage with audiences such as allowing them to vote for their favorite teams and athletes through polls and competitions. Guest commentators and experts will be invited on a regular basis to participate in debates and analyses and provide viewers with a well-rounded perspective.
Ali Garni said: “The show was conceived after watching several real-time discussions on Arab sports. We have found that sports aficionados in the region tend to engage in avid discussions that compare clubs or players. Sadly, there aren’t any Arab TV shows that seem interested in exploring such conversations, even though they are so popular with the community. Khat Attamas will be the first show to convey the pulse of the street in this format to the screen.”
Nart Bouran, head of Sky News Arabia, added: “Despite the enthusiastic nature of this show, we acknowledge that we hold an ethical responsibility in launching the show in its current format, given the rise of extreme prejudice in Arab and global sports arenas. Racial discrimination has reached unprecedented levels and even evolved into physical violence. The disaster that happened at Port Said Stadium is a clear example of such violence. Sports must be authentic and ethical, and through the launch of Khat Attamas, Sky News Arabia is fulfilling a social duty to fight prejudice, give voice to a wider group, and provide a forum to constructively discuss and address issues. Our goal from this programme is to promote the culture of respectful disagreement.”