Future News & MTV tops this observer’s favorite Lebanese Channels


Its been a while.

I tend to aggregate content. But my life once more have changed due to the ripple of yet again, changing jobs. Incidentally, this blog has witnessed 5 city move-ins since its inception, and now finally settled in this last.

During my three months summer vacation in Beyrouth (yes, I like breaks between cities), I gave particular attention to the Lebanese Media.

This posting was postponed so many times, that it’s about time I write this.

In sum…

Future NEWS (red logo) is the best channel we have on Lebanese local TV. They’ve gained experience in Art Direction, and surpasses any Arab Channel, including Al Arabia. I am not too keen nor fond of Future TV’s (blue logo) grassroot vision, but yet again, it’s a diverse station and In all honesty, Future TV is more structurely expressive than LBC.

MTV has the content. They are witty (& courageous) in their casting and image – they own genuine humour. MTV comes from an old school of thought. Don’t be fooled by it’s recent reopening.

OTV created more hype of void that couldn’t fill up the colorful balloons. MTV is the new cat in the game, and to date, they are doing impressively well.

Future NEWS still has the more educated wanderers; and certainly respect its multi-lingual, and specifically it’s francophone audience. LBC seldom does that.

Yes, you might say LBC has authority and experience, but I narrow it down to Marcel Ghanem. I doubt Lebanese today, the ones I know at least, watch LBC for any other reason than Kalam el Nass, and certainly not for entertainment. They’ve probably, perfected the art of entertaining another audience. The Arab world for one. And frankly, today, LBC does not attain my aspirations.

MTV and Future NEWS are the modern TV stations of Lebanon.

…As for the alley cats, OTV, NBN are as raw as Télé Liban, but the difference is OTV is vulgar. NBN, Al Manar has it’s own niche, except for public speeches for Sayyed Nasrallah; Télé Liban has a nostalgic feel and certainly a national broadcaster, somehow there is collective pride in it.

LBC’s Management has stalled after it was bought. The matter was private, while LBC was a message; Today, it is only a message, and frankly not worth watching for the average Lebanese joe.


10 Responses to “Future News & MTV tops this observer’s favorite Lebanese Channels”

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  7. Nobody is watching MTV in lebanon.
    one evidence:
    Mj passed 3 interviews for her book, one on OTV, another on Lbc and the third one on MTV.
    For OTV and LBC’s ones, we got phone calls from people that were not even told about the interview as they were watching it.

    No phone call from people watching MTV.

    According to few people we know as they are working inside, they have a clear problem of mistmach with their audience.

  8. 8 Fadi

    I don’t think MTV is up to par yet with Future, as you put it..
    They will catch up and maybe surpass it, but they don’t seem to have the ressources yet although they have the best people in the industry..
    But I really love MTV and I watch it everyday here in San Francisco since I only have to go to their website mtv.com.lb and it’s live :D :D

  9. I agree with Jester about OTV being as raw as Tele Liban, and I do believe that MTV tops them all. MTV has its own creativity and uniqueness among Lebanese channels (at least that’s how I perceive it).

  10. 10 nona

    what about NTV?

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