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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Post-World Cup recriminations still dominate talk on the airwaves

Post-World Cup recriminations still dominate talk on the airwaves, with the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) press conference yesterday the primary topic of discussion.

The talking heads were overwhelmingly unimpressed with the EFA’s press conference, accusing the association of failing to provide definitive or concrete responses to appease the public discontent over the national team’s performance at the 2018 World Cup. Witness: Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 6:50), Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal (watch, runtime: 3:30), and Yahduth fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 1:30).

The timing of the press conference was inappropriate given the extent of public resentment, sports analyst Omar Rabie Yassin told Ibrahim on Hona Al Asema. If anything, the conference only added insult to injury, he said (watch, runtime: 2:14).

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) appears to have made some headway in negotiations with beIN Sports, which has agreed to air more World Cup matches on its free-to-air satellite channels, ECA head Amir Nabil told Masaa DMC’s Kamal. He said that beIN had previously been fined EGP 800 mn in 2016 for being scant with its broadcast rights (watch, runtime: 5:08).

Be thorough when checking your power bill. One man, lawyer Nagy Amer, filed and won a lawsuit against the state power supplier when he discovered that his bill was much higher than his consumption, he told Kamal (watch, runtime: 7:44), who spent a good chunk of his episode dissecting Egypt’s power production and consumption habits (watch, runtime: 4:07).

The government should rationalize its expenditures in the same way that it asks people to conserve water and electricity, House rep. Amr El Gohary said on Masaa DMC, adding that he has yet to receive a response about a formal inquiry he filed into the impact of state bureaucrats’ wage increases on the new fiscal year’s budget (watch, runtime: 14:14).

1,000 Ancient Egyptian artefacts that had been smuggled out of the country were retrieved from Italy, Cabinet spokesperson Ashraf Sultan told Al Hayah fi Misr (watch, runtime: 8:19).

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