Bassem Youssef, host of Al-Bernameg

Renowned satirist and former television host Bassem Youssef has been fined LE50 million for breaking his contract with the privately owned CBC channel, the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Monday.

Though the news only emerged on Monday, the ruling was issued in November, according to Al-Ahram.

Stating in its ruling that “the nation doesn’t need any satirical shows now,” the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) ordered both...

Bassem Youssef

Television satirist Bassem Youssef announced today that his program Al-Bernameg has come to an end, citing threats to his safety and that of the production team among the reasons for the decision.

Al-Bernameg, the Arab world's most watched television program was halted before the elections and was scheduled to resume last Friday. It had been airing on television channel MBC Misr, after being suspended by CBC in November.

Speaking at a press conference held in the Radio...

Bassem Youssef, host of Al-Bernameg

After much anticipation, Bassem Youssef’s “Al-Bernameg” (The Program), came back on February 7, with a new slug: Careful, stopping is recurrent. This is typically the warning you see at the back of a school bus that is bound to stop intermittently, but in Youssef’s case, it’s a pun on the possibility of censorship on the uncompromised content of the show.

In November, CBC and QSoft, the company that produces the program, ended their contractual agreement after Youssef’s episode...

Bassem Youssef

The satellite broadcasting company MBC announced on Saturday that satirist Bassem Youssef would resume his show next Friday on MBC Misr channel.

This will be Youssef’s first show after CBC banned the second episode of his third season in late October 2013.

Youssef’s first show following the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi, which came after a long pause, received mixed reviews.

Youssef mocked former President Morsi and made fun of the public...

Bassem Youssef

Political satirist Bassem Youssef made a guest appearance on Yousry Fouda’s Akher Kalam program on the privately owned ONTv channel on Wednesday.

It was Youssef’s first public appearance since CBC abruptly canceled his popular show, "Al-Bernameg," after airing only the first episode of the season. Fouda himself just returned to the airwaves last week after taking a four-month hiatus.

The comedian was in New York City last week to accept an award from the Committee to...