Egyptian satirist signs contract with new network

4:06 PM, Feb 1, 2014   |    comments
Bassem Youssef (c), Egyptian television satirist, walks to the state prosecutors office to face accusations of insulting Islam, Cairo, Egypt
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CAIRO (AP) - A spokesman for MBC Group says that Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has signed a contract with a Dubai-based TV network and that a new episode of his show will air Friday, Feb. 7.

Youssef, who is often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart for his scathing take on current events, had his show canceled by the CBC network last fall.

CBC suspended the show, called "The Program" in Arabic, after the season's first episode, saying it violated their editorial policy. It was critical of the military and the nationalist fervor gripping Egypt that followed the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Youssef also ruthlessly mocked Morsi.

MBC spokesman Mazen Hayek said Saturday the network has been in serious talks with Youssef for the past few weeks.


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