ALTV, one of the fastest growing free streaming services recently launched in the Middle East and North Africa, has found further success in providing exciting and locally relevant content with ‘Khod Aqolak’ after the platform attracted the attention of the show’s star, Ibrahim Farouk.
The show’s title comes from a slang term translating to ‘Let Me Tell You’ and focuses on Farouk’s brazen approach to interviewing everyday people on the streets of Cairo, merging the styles of a prank show with topical discussions. By approaching people with the camera already rolling, and often performing a cheeky action such as helping himself to their drink, Farouk draws out completely natural interactions from unprepared individuals.
Farouk has previously worked in the Egyptian media industry, but experienced problems in finding a platform that shared his vision behind Khod Aloqak. His awareness of ALTV and its mission to turn viewers from across the MENA into digital content creators led to a successful meeting in which ALTV representatives instantly recognized the show’s potential.
David C. McCourt, founder of ALTV and executive producer on Khod Aqolak said: “Since the outset, ALTV has been focused on helping nurture the talents of young creators who previously lacked access to training, equipment and a platform to grow their audience. When we were presented with Farouk’s vision for Khod Aloqak, we wanted to bring him into our community of creators and we continue to seek young people hungry to share original, exciting new content’.
Commenting on the launch of Khod Aqolak, Farouk, said: ‘I am incredibly excited to be part of ALTV’s community, which is bringing fresh opportunities to a growing number of talented content creators. After collaborating on the pilot for Khod Aqolak I knew ALTV was the perfect platform to reach our young, digital savvy audience. ALTV is filling a major gap in the broadcast market, providing local user generated content for local audiences.”
The show’s launch comes shortly after ALTV announced the first ever user-generated daily current events show in Egypt, ‘Street’s Point of View’, which has seen rapidly growing audiences tune in to see people on the street share their views on the day’s trending topics at home and abroad.
ALTV is currently expanding across the MENA region, having recently launched in Morocco with a French language platform. As the platform expands further to provide wider audiences with relief from uninspiring local television channels and westernized online alternatives, hit shows including Khod Aqolak will be adapted for each new country that ALTV launches in.