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Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Saudi Arabia’s shock win against Argentina at the World Cup leads the talk shows

It was a football-heavy night on the talk shows yesterday as the nation’s talking heads cheered Saudi Arabia’s shock victory against Argentina. Everyone from Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 2:14) and Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy (watch, runtime: 4:09) heaped praise on the Green Falcons for overturning a 1-0 deficit with two stunning second-half goals. Tunisia’s goalless draw with Denmark was the only other of yesterday’s games to get significant coverage — Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 3:08) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 1:43) — while El Hadidi continued the football theme by covering last night’s news that Cristiano Ronaldo had left Man Utd with immediate effect following last week’s bare-all interview (watch, runtime: 6:50).

Warraq development follow-up: President El Sisi’s meeting to follow up on the redevelopment of Warraq Island got coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:04) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 2:55). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Moussa took it on himself to claim that the island’s residents are fully in support of the state’s plans, despite mass evictions of islanders triggering clashes with security forces in August (watch, runtime: 7:11).

Also getting attention last night:

  • COP27: The UN sending a letter of thanks to Egypt for hosting COP was covered by Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:05), with host Mohamed Sherdy still giving a loss and damage fund praise.
  • No wings in the classroom: The Education Ministry’s decision to ban energy drinks at schools got coverage from Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:34), with ministry spokesperson Shady Zalata telling viewers (perhaps slightly hyperbolically) that the drinks “pose a threat to students’ lives.”

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