Sydney, Australia | 1 July, 2012 – Al Jazeera English, the multi-award winning news and current affairs channel, has today announced its launch on Australia’s leading Pay-TV platform, Foxtel. The channel is now available to Foxtel viewers on number 651.
Al Jazeera English’s launch on Foxtel will enable the channel to reach an additional 1.6 million Australian households, taking its total reach across the country to over 2.3 million households. Globally, Al Jazeera English is available in over 260 million households across 130 different countries.
Al Jazeera has over sixty bureaus across all the continents of the world, giving it wide-ranging global newsgathering reach. The channel’s in-depth approach to international stories has won it a string of awards in the last year, including: News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards and a prestigious Peabody Award for the channel’s “thorough, enterprising and brave” coverage of the Arab Awakening.
“I would like to welcome all our new Foxtel viewers to Al Jazeera English,” said Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. “Al Jazeera English has had a remarkable year – with a series of high profile awards for the quality and integrity of our journalism and storytelling from all corners of the globe. Australians have been some of the keenest visitors to our website over the years, an indication of the appetite there is in the country for compelling international news and programmes.”
With a dedicated team of journalists reporting from the channel’s Sydney bureau, Al Jazeera English has consistently led the way in bringing Australian stories to the global news agenda.
The channel’s weekly current affairs programme 101 East has been recognised for tackling issues that impact on everyday life in Australia and across Asia – with in-depth reports, interviews and debates. Experienced correspondent Andrew Thomas has also extensively covered the nation’s recent major news events, including the devastating floods in Queensland and Victoria.