The Modern Middle East (Season 2)

Project Summary

7 September 2018

  • Sector: Communications, Information, Media and Advocacy
  • Country location: Australia
  • Grantee: Miss Ashley Thom
Female presenter preparing her notes on desk with a logo in the corner of the picture that says 'The Mordern Middle East.
Gemma Neary - Presenter. Credit: Megan Beth Photography.

Project description

The Modern Middle East is a current affairs television series breaking down the news headlines, topical issues and travel destinations in the Middle East. Each episode begins with the presenter reporting the regional headlines that broke during the previous week, such as escalating protests in the Gaza Strip or the discovery of ancient artefacts in Egypt. The final headline leads into the introduction of the episode's theme, explored through an in-depth editorial combining presenter narration, expert commentary and visual overlay to present a balanced exploration of a topic such as religion or foreign policy. After an ad-break, one or more guests join the panel for an open discussion focusing on their personal experience with the topic. After a second break, a travel package featuring a short Skype interview with someone who has recently returned from the Middle East concludes the episode, with their personal insights and photos of local experiences revealing unique destinations across the region, from the beautiful wadis of Oman to the bustling streets of Jerusalem. Season 2 is airing at 6:30 Thursday nights on Foxtel's Aurora channel from July to September 2018, and is also available to watch on demand via the series' YouTube channel.

Key dates

  • Production & Broadcast of Season 2:
  • Episode 5 - Resource Economics: 6 – 9 Aug 2018
  • Episode 6 - Underground Industries: 13 – 16 Aug 2018
  • Episode 7 - 'The Art of the Deal’: 20 – 23 Aug 2018
  • Episode 8 - Weapons of War: 27 – 30 Aug 2018
  • Episode 9 - Ancient Wonders: 3 – 6 Sep 2018
  • Episode 10 - What's Next?: 10 – 13 Sep 2018
  • Episode 11 - The Right of Return: 17 – 20 Sep 2018
  • Episode 12 - Streets of the Middle East: 24 – 27 Sep 2018
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations grant offer: $10,000
  • Total project value: $10,000


Last Updated: 7 September 2018