A selection of clips I found on youtube, of Algerian TV programmes since independence. It is by no means exhaustive. Enjoy!
News & Political Analysis Programmes
Sample news bulletins from Octobre 1962 – 70s : one thing that stuck me in these clips is that they are all in black and white! (Joke) No it was actually that all presenters are men who look pissed off by what they’re reading. The only thing that has changed nowadays is that now, we’ve discovered that this phenomenon is not only restricted to Algerian male news-readers. I hesitated to use the word ‘presenters’ here for obvious reasons. Also, note how the presenter keeps referring to political leaders as ‘el akh‘ (literally brother but, if we take the polico-economic context of the time the actual meaning might be closer to comrade).
The excellent “Meeting the Press” (1990) (في لقاء الصحافة): an iconic programme which was a product of the then newly-emerging Algerian democracy, now sadly deceased (the show and Algerian democracy alike).
The last ever “Bled Music” (early 90s): this was a very popular show that dramatically departed from the ‘conventional’ way of presenting progammes which had dominated Algerian TV for decades since independence. The presenters were three young and dynamic people (two guys and a girl) and each one of them acted out a persona that was typical of various classes of Algerian urban youth of the epoch. My parents thought these young people didn’t behave properly at all, the way they were bouncing about on telly! However, this didn’t discourage me from being a dedicated fan of “Bled Music“. In fact, I think it rather encouraged me!
The quizz show “The Five Riddles” (الألغاز الخمسة) (late 80s): a show where people were presented with 5 questions to answer during the show by phoning in in order to win a prize. I find that despite the terrible quality of production, the presenters were very professional and quite charismatic, much more so than present day presenters of the ENTV.
“The Enchanting Garden” (الحديقة الساحرة) (1971): this show was produced by Algerian TV and was (still is) considered a source of national pride. The show also featured Hdidouane and Mma Messaouda.
“Without Borders” (1990s) (بلا حدود): comedy show from Oran. This was an innovation in Algerian TV where comedy seemed to be monopolized by Eastern cities (eg. أعصاب و أوتار ) and Algiers. I remember back then how awful I found the accent from Oran, but quickly became a fan of Western Algerian humor. The show uses authentic and typical social situations and addresses cultural and social issues with an excellent sense of self-derision.