Late prominent journalist، news anchor، talk show host and activist، Hamdy Qandil consolation marquee was held Thursday evening at Omar Makram mosque، in Garden City، Cairo.
A large number of ministers، public figures، and celebrities were keen to offer their consolation and respect including former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf، MPs Khaled Youssef and Hamdeen Sabahi، and actors Khaled El Nabawy، and others.
His wife، veteran actress Naglaa Fathi was noticeably absent from the consolation marquee.
Mohamed Khadr، director، and Naglaa Fathi’s son-in-law، said that Fathi has been in admitted into a hospital since the second day after the funeral of her husband.
He told "Youm7" that she tried to leave the hospital on Thursday for the consolation، but the doctor insisted on keeping her there، as she is suffering from a psychological crisis after being shocked by the departure of the love of her life.
Hamdy Qandil has passed away at the age of 82 after a battle with the disease، on October 31.
His funeral prayer was held at Al-Rahman Al-Rahim mosque، where he was buried afterward in his family cemetery in El-Basatin.
Hamdy Qandil (1936 -2018)
Hamdy Qandil was born in Cairo in 1936 to a father from Menoufia. He was the eldest of five children.
Qandil started his journalism career in the 1950s when he wrote for the Akher Sa'a ("Last Hour") magazine at the invitation of veteran journalist Mustafa Amin.
In 1961 he began broadcasting a news show called Aqwal al-Suhf ("In the Press") until 1969 when he was appointed director of the Arab Broadcasting Studios Union.
In 1971 he left his post in protest at a government inspection of his technical staff. He later worked with UNESCO from 1974 to 1986، specializing in the field of international media.
In 1987 he co-founded a satellite broadcasting company that later became known as MBC، where he worked for three months.
Qandil briefly presented the show Ma'a Hamdi Qandil ("With Hamdi Qandil") for ART.
He returned to Egyptian television in 1998، hosting the current affairs and press review talk show Ra'is el-Tahrir ("Editor-in-Chief").