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Saudi ‘Matchstick’ TV host takes over state broadcaster

RIYADH: With a furrowed brow and wagging finger, Dawood Shirian for years skewered top officials on Saudi television, but now the firebrand host is taking over the country's state broadcaster. Deploying a pull-no-punches style rarely tolerated in Saudi Arabia's tightly controlled media landscape, Shirian spent nearly six years as the host of "Al Thamina" (Eight O'Clock) on satellite broadcaster MBC. Shirian -- nicknamed "matchstick" for his combustible personality -- was allowed to champion issues that are a potential…