MoD to tender for Middle-East role

The Ministry of Defence is on the hunt for an agency to carry out Middle East media monitoring work.

The brief – created just a year ago – is currently being handled by the University of London, but the MoD is not necessarily seeking an academic institution. 

The MoD wants 'thematic and content analysis' of radio, print and TV coverage on a weekly basis. The brief covers Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Yemen and Iran. It involves any issues 'deemed to be of interest'.

Invitations to tender will go out in May with a decision made by June, said MoD commercial officer Ian Allpress. The brief was created last year around the same time that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office set up an Arabic monitoring unit within its comms arm.

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