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Al-Jazeera to launch English-language channel

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posted on Jul, 4 2005 @ 05:45 PM

The Arab news network Al-Jazeera is planning a big expansion with the launch of a new English-language satellite channel, which could be viewed around the world as early as March.

The station's research shows some of the world's one billion English speakers thirst for news from a non-western perspective.

"We're the first news channel based in the Mideast to bring news back to the West," said Nigel Parsons, managing director of Al-Jazeera International. "We want to set a different news agenda."

Outside North America, the station plans to compete with CNN International and BBC World, the two chief English-language satellite news channels. The new station will be headquartered in Doha, Qatar, and operate broadcast newsrooms in London, Washington and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

But Canadians wanting access to Al-Jazeera International will have to wait until Canada's broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-telecommunications Television Commission, gives the green light for the country's satellite providers to carry it.

Interesting developments. Time will tell if it flies in Canada.


posted on Jul, 4 2005 @ 08:50 PM
I hope they do get licensed would be interesting to hear the middle-east perspective on current events.

Besides, if FOX got the go ahead, why the heck shouldn't Al Jazeera?

posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 01:57 PM
But i think the people there wont accept it espacilly if a jewish media that domanted for so long

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