The Jakarta Post
The program’s host Najwa Shihab expressed her gratitude during a press conference on Monday, especially after being met with a warm reaction from the show’s loyal audience. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Following a short hiatus, popular weekly talk show Mata Najwa (Najwa’s Eyes) is set to return to television screens on Jan. 10 on Trans7.
The program’s host, Najwa Shihab, expressed her gratitude during a press conference on Monday, especially after being met with a warm reaction from the show’s loyal audience.
Najwa, who recently received a YouTube Silver Play Button, also shared that during her break from television, she and her team continued to create programs on digital platforms, adding that they would continuously produce works for both platforms, television and online.
"[We believe] that the two platforms complement one another," she said.
In regard to the Mata Najwa show on Trans7, Najwa shared that talk show consisted two words: talk and show. “Talk means the discussion needs to have [value], meanwhile show requires the program to be attractive,” she said. She believes the upcoming collaboration would be able to present these two things, as Trans7 is known for making attractive programs.
Najwa kicked off her career as a reporter for Metro TV. The Mata Najwa program was recognized as an independent and nonpartisan program. The talk show was also known for highlighting important issues, such as corruption and tolerance, scrutinizing politicians and criticizing various problems.
Najwa ensured that despite broadcasting on a different station, Mata Najwa would keep the show’s characteristics.
Meanwhile, Trans7 production director Andi Chairil said Najwa had chosen to collaborate with Trans7 because the television station had guaranteed her independency. (kes)