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Music and Media in the Arab World$
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Michael Frishkopf

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162930

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.001.0001

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Music and Television in Lebanon

Music and Television in Lebanon

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Music and Media in the Arab World

Michael Frishkopf

American University in Cairo Press

Libanaise de Television (CLT), Lebanon's first television channel, began broadcasting in 1959 and was financed by private funds. Another Lebanese channel was created in 1962, Television du Liban et de I'Orient (Tele Orient), with the backing of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). In the 1960s, cinema productions were more popular than television productions in Lebanon. While TV presented programs removed from modern life, cinema offered the attractions of Arab stars and dance routines, as well as contemporary social problems. In the early 1980s in Lebanon, the range of TV programs was limited, and by the mid-80s, only one channel existed. Although there is limited choice in channels, a TV show appearance is still a great opportunity to launch a career for a singer, so certain TV programs still venture to launch a musician's career.

Keywords:   television, music, musician, cinema, TV programs, Lebanon

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