This week, the Ministry of Culture and Information appointed Dalal Aziz Diaa’ as its new director for Radio Jeddah’s program 2, Asharq Al-Awsat reported yesterday. The first Saudi woman appointed to hold this position, Diaa’ will be responsible for 19 departments, including women’s radio programs, entertainment shows and news, broadcasting round the clock.
Born into a family with a history of involvement in media and culture, Diaa’s father Aziz is a renowned author and her mother Asmaa was one of the first female radio hosts. Diaa’ graduated from Riyadh University in 1976 with a degree in history, and then began her career in radio as an assistant in the station. She subsequently attended the media department at Cairo University.
“I plan to continue with the current administration policies which involves supporting and developing radio’s role in Saudi society, especially in Jeddah,” she told Asharq Al-Awsat. “Saudi society has begun to give women its rights in administrative posts. Saudi women have to hold on to these rights. Saudi women have been involved in the media for over 40 years. They have proved their ability in this field. Women have also succeeded in the press and television.”