In an interview with a local Arabic daily, Khalood Al Hameedi, a senior Qatari presenter of Qatar Television revealed that Qatari women are reluctant to face the camera without the veil, as a result of which Qatar Television largely recruits non-Qatari women presenters.
Al Hameedi, who started her career in 1997 with Qatar Broadcasting Services, said “although the television has influenced the lifestyle of women a lot and have made great achievements in different walks of life, we still do not have enough Qatari women on television.”
According to Al Hameedi, due to lack of local women presenters, Qatari media has lost its identity as most of the anchors and presenters are Arab expatriate women. Their language, accent and pronunciation are different from those of Qataris.
Replying to a question why Qatari women are not working in television, she said, “the television administration prefers to appoint non-Qatari presenters since Qatari women are not willing to face the camera without the veil, while Arab expatriate women do not have such inhibitions”.