Miriam Riaie och Mahmoud Bitar. Foto: Helene Almqvist/Sveriges Radio
Miriam Riaie och Mahmoud Bitar. Foto: Helene Almqvist/Sveriges Radio Foto: Miriam Riaie och Mahmoud Bitar. Foto: Helene Almqvist/Sveriges Radio
Press release 24/03/2016

Youtube star and humourist Mahmoud Bitar is presenting a new talkshow in Arabic – Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي

He became world famous with his humorous way of recording his three-year flight from Syria on Youtube. Now, 21-year-old Mahmoud Bitar is living in Sweden and will make his debut as a presenter with ”Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي”, a talkshow in Arabic. The programme starts on 1 April on P2 and will be released as a podcast on the same day.

Mahmoud Bitar is the 21-year-old who started documenting his journey from Syria three years ago on Youtube and, thanks to his humorous video clips about life as a refugee, became a star on social media. His Youtube channel has had nine million views and he has half a million followers on Facebook. But he has now been living in Sweden for nine months and will soon make his debut as a presenter on Sveriges Radio with the programme ”Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي”

"It's fantastic that we're working to have a talkshow in Arabic! I'm so happy that I've found such a good job in Sweden, it will be fun to work with Sveriges Radio. Now I'm trying to learn Swedish quickly," says Mahmoud Bitar, presenter of ”Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي.

Alongside the P4 reporter and presenter Miriam Riaie, Mahmoud Bitar will guide listeners through news items, social topics and the Swedish language. The presenters pose questions, untangle and joke about the novelties of Sweden, but also engage in a dialogue between refugees, with their extensive contact network across the world, in Syria and in Europe.

"This is a dream project for me and I hope we will reach as many arabic speaking people in Sweden as well as abroad," says presenter Miriam Riaie.

”Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي” will be broadcast on Friday at 16.30 on P2, starting on 1 April. The podcast will be released on the same day at 06.00.

Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي will be focusing on reaching refugees coming to Sweden and therefore talk about things that they might not know about our country. But as this is a show presenting news that has an Arabic ”angle”, it is also addressed to Arabic-speaking immigrants who are already established in the country. But the talkshow will not be political.

About Sveriges Radio 
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Miriam Riaie and Mahmoud Bitar. Photo: Helene Almqvist/Sveriges Radio 
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Caroline Meyer Lagersparre, Press officer
caroline.meyer@sverigesradio.se
+46 730-70 25 00

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