Satellite television has reached even conservative parts of the Arab world, where hundreds of programs are now available. The Middle East’s MBC-4 began airing “The Oprah Winfrey Show” more than four years ago, and the program now reaches about 6 million viewers in the Arab world each day.
Though aimed at an American audience, the program has brought formerly taboo topics — like reproduction or homosexuality — into discussion.
Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie reports from Jordan on the “Oprah effect” in the Middle East.
Read her blog post about her reporting experience here: Watching Oprah in a Syrian refugee camp.
For more on the impact of satellite television and talk shows in the Middle East, see PBS Wide Angle’s “Dishing Democracy.”