Business news need not be dry if it is made relevant to the audience, says Al Arabiya News Channel anchor Nadine Hani.
Hani presents and co-produces the financial news program Al Aswaq Al Arabiya, the highest-rated business news show on Arab television.
Explaining how macro-economic trends affect everyday lives is one of the show’s key concerns, Hani told Inside the Newsroom.
“You have to tell the story in a way that shows how it affects everybody’s life. So if you put that spin on the story it becomes interesting for everyone,” she said. “It's all about how relevant you make it.”
During her career at Al Arabiya, Hani has covered both local and international business news stories, ranging from the crash in the Gulf stock markets to the current U.S. debt crisis.
She has interviewed prominent figures such as former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Saudi finance minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz al-Assaf, and reported from major international events such as the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Hani joined Al Arabiya in 2005, having previously worked at CNBC Arabiya in Dubai. Before entering the media, Hani worked as a private banking consultant in her native Lebanon.