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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Wednesday 29 January 2020

No love for business on the airwaves: The multi-bn acquisition of the country’s largest mobile operator wasn’t enough to get business-econ a slot on the talk shows last night.

Everyone was talking about The Donald’s Middle East peace plan instead: Al Hayah Al Youm's Lobna Assal noted the Foreign Ministry's statement that we picked up yesterday, which called for both sides to carefully study the proposals on the table (watch, runtime: 1:28). Assal’s co-host Hossam Hadad was more up to date and noted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s chat with European Council President Charles Michel yesterday. Both sides agreed on intensifying efforts in the pursuit of peace, Hadad said (watch, runtime: 2:16).

Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan reviewed the international reactions in a phone call with the political researcher Belal Manzour (watch, runtime: 9:29), noting El Sisi’s phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the developments. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of resuming the negotiations under American auspices (watch, runtime: 2:18). Min Masr’s Amr Khalil also ran the same segments (watch, runtime: 4:42) and (watch, runtime: 0:59).

Coronavirus update: Lobna Assal reported that 132 people have now died as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus in China and over 6k are now infected. She noted yesterday’s news that the UAE reported its first confirmed case of the virus (watch, runtime: 1:51). Assal added that the Health Minister Hala Zayed met Chinese diplomats in Egypt to discuss the latest updates and the condition of the Egyptian community in China and the Chinese community in Egypt (watch, runtime: 2:21). Several others ran the story, including Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 13:07), Min Masr’s Amr Khalil (watch, runtime: 4:04), and Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer, who interviewed an Egyptian-Chinese couple who just returned from China (watch, runtime: 2:56).

There were no updates on GERD negotiations in Washington on the second and final of the meetings between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Hossam Hadad phoned political scientist Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah who said that the US had weighed in to speed up the process after Ethiopia asked that the deadline be pushed to March. If the latest round of talks again fail, Egypt could take its case to the UN Security Council, he said (watch, runtime: 6:40).

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