CNN airs 'Eye on The Middle East' this week

MUMBAI: CNN Intl has turned its Eye On The Middle East this week with a wide-ranging week of special programming focusing on the people of this critical region, the prospects they embrace, and the problems they face. Till Sunday 27 November 2005 the channel is airing live anchored news shows, dedicated programming and special features.This is part of CNN's special programming commissioned to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Highlights of Eye On The Middle East include an hour-long special daily report anchored live from Beirut by CNN International anchor, Jim Clancy and from Amman by his co-anchor Hala Gorani at 9:30 pm. The programme features reports from CNN correspondents throughout the region, covering the people, the changing the face of politics, business, religion and culture across the entire Middle East . Coverage will include interviews with key Middle Eastern players, opinion leaders and newsmakers, talking about what they think the future holds for their generation and the region.

Clancy will also host CNN Connects in Beirut under the theme of Voices Of A Nwe Generation. Lebanon embodies the rapid political and economic change taking place across the region and this discussion panel will bring together youth leaders from the entire Arab World to debate, discuss, confront, and challenge the status quo. The one-hour discussion in front of a live studio audience will focus on how society is changing and what the Arab world's next generation can do to shape the region in the decades to come.

During the course of this week of special programming, viewers can also look out for special editions of Inside The Middle East, World Report with special contributions from journalists from CNN affiliate Middle Eastern broadcasters; and a CNN Presents documentary focussing on the many faces of change in the region's largest nation – Egypt. This airs on 26 November 2005 at 5:30 pm and on 28 November at 9:30 pm.

CNN has dispatched its top correspondents across the region,from Qatar , Egypt , Saudi Arabia , the UAE, Lebanon , Syria , Israel , Jordan and Morocco, for this special week of programming, delivering reports from every corner and covering every aspect of life as they examine the metamorphosis of the Middle East . In addition to Clancy and Gorani, a whole team of CNN correspondents, including Richard Quest, Beirut-based Brent Sadler and Cairo-based Ben Wedeman, will be delivering their own insights into this region.

The channel adds that this special week of coverage comes at a time of international focus on the region and a time of debate on all sides about the quality and nature of the dialogue between the Arab world and the West. CNN is available in more than 11 million households across the Middle East .

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