Swedish public radio employs YouTube star to give refugees a voiceMiriam Riaie and Mahmoud Bitar. Photo: Helene Almqvist/Sveriges Radio

Swedish public radio employs YouTube star to give refugees a voice

Publicerad: 24 March 2016, kl. 11:59

Swedish public radio (Swedish Broadcasting Corporation) has employed a YouTube star to help refugees with their new lives in Sweden.

Adam Jönsson
 

Mahmoud Bitar will host the talk show Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي in Arabic.

‘‘Amazing that they [Swedish radio] are launching a show in Arabic. I’m very happy to have landed such a great job in Sweden. Now, I’m aiming to learn Swedish quickly,’’ Bitar says in a comment.

Bitar, who have lived in Sweden for nine months, became a star on social media when he documented his three-year long journey from Syria in a humoristic way. He has over nine million views on YouTube and more than 500,000 followers on Facebook.

The YouTube star will host the show with Swedish radio reporter Miriam Imam Riaie. The duo will talk about life in Sweden but also use their contacts to tell stories from across the world and give voices to refugees.

Talkshow bl arabi بالعربي will air Fridays on Swedish radio channel P2. It will also be released as a podcast.

‘‘For me, this is a dream project, a talk show in Arabic is so right for its time,’’ says Riaie.

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