It seems that Algerian state run tv ENTV will open to a new Ramadan tailored tv genre: the Islamic reality show. Knights of the Quran is the new reality style tv programme but under a religious flavour. This time the participants -males and females- are competing in Quranic recitation rather than in pop songs. Quranic recitation is not new to tv screens expecially during Ramadan, but what sounds new is the format, which owes a lot to the reality show genre. Audiences can contribute from their homes to choose the best Quranic reader and the show also features competitors tours in religious locations across the Arab region, like the Al Qarawiin mosque in Fez, Morocco, the Al Zeituna mosque in Tunisia and the Al Azhar mosque in Egypt. See the original article
on The National UAE to read the Arab media analyst Marwan Krady commenting on this.
While Algeria tv is investing in religious reality show, neighbouring Tunisia launches the first Tunisian religious channel, Hannibal Elferdaws (Hannibal Paradise). Investor is the local businessman Larbi Nasra, who founded Tunisia’s first private TV channel Hannibal in 2005. If for someone this is an attempt to teach young people a “moderate” version of Islam in order to discourage militant political Islamic groups, for others it’s just a sign that times have dramatically changed since former Tunisian president Bourghiba drunk an orange juice in the middle of Ramadan on tv declaring that “a modern nation cannot afford to stop for a month every year”.