Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: MBC - Satirist Bassem Youssef Returns to Screen Next Friday

Prominent satirist Bassem Youssef will return to television on MBC channel with his "al-Bernameg" show on Friday 7 February, al-Arabiya news website reported MBC channel as saying.

Bassem's return comes after more than a three-month hiatus since the Egyptian CBC channel stopped airing the programme.

"We gladly confirm news of Bassem and his crew joining MBC Masr channel," al-Arabiya, established by the MBC group, reported the group's spokesman as saying.

The first episode of al-Bernameg will air on Friday at 7 pm, spokesman Mazen Hayek said.

Youssef is famed for his sarcasm at ousted President Mohamed Mursi in al-Bernameg, which was very popular during Mursi's one-year rule.

Last October, CBC stopped airing the programme for disputes over its editorial policies.

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