Lebanon’s Murr TV is re-launching popular talent show Studio El Fan on Sunday as part of a bid to reassert itself in the marketplace after an absence of seven years.
Murr TV, also known as MTV Lebanon, went live in April this year after years in the wilderness thanks to its closure by force in September 2002 for political reasons.
But now it is hoping to announce its return with a splash and chip away at LBC’s dominant position with the help of Studio El Fan, which was originally aired on Télé Liban during the 70s and 80s before moving to LBC in the 90s. The show is widely credited with launching the careers of stars such as Diana Haddad, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Wael Kfoury, Elissa (pictured), composer Jean-Marie Riachi and designer Zuhair Murad.
The show will consist of 32 episodes, with categories including song, poetry, dance and modeling.