Middle East

Saudi ‘Matchstick’ TV host takes over state broadcaster

A picture taken on October 24, 2017, shows MBC TV personality Dawood Shirian during an interview with AFP at the MBC headquaters in Riyadh. With a furrowed brow and wagging finger, Shirian for years skewered top officials on Saudi television, but now the firebrand host is taking over the country's state broadcaster. / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 29, 2017, on page 6.




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