Gasp! Saudis nearly pass out when female news anchor pose without veil – and promise it will not happen again

The Muslim Issue

Outrage in Saudi Arabia after female British TV presenter becomes the first woman ever to read the news in the country without a veil

  • Newsreader appeared on the Kingdom-owned Al Ekhbariya news channel
  • Her bulletin prompted several news stories and storm of Twitter reaction
  • Women often show their hair on Saudi TV including on foreign-made shows
  • But it is thought to be first time state news presenter has been uncovered
  • Channel released a statement and said the incident would not happen again 

By Dan Bloom

A newsreader has caused a stir in Saudi Arabia by shunning traditional Islamic dress to deliver a bulletin ‘bare-headed’.

The presenter was broadcasting from the London studio of Al Ekhbariya, a state-owned news channel which featured the Kingdom’s first female newsreader when it launched a decade ago.

Women often appear on Saudi TV without wearing headscarves or veils…

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