Al Jazeera English launches on Freeview, reaching more than 80% of homes in the United Kingdom
30th June, 2010 – Al Jazeera English, the award-winning 24-hour global news and current affairs channel, will begin broadcasting free to air on Freeview on 1st July, airing the channel to more than 80% of homes in the United Kingdom.
Al Jazeera will air live from 6pm to 11pm local time every day on channel 89. The output will be live news and programmes from AJE’s studios in London, Washington DC, and Doha.
AJE’s current affairs programming includes “Frost Over the World”, a weekly interview show hosted by Sir David Frost; “Witness”, a programme that focuses on the human stories at the centre of international events; “The Rageh Omaar Report” which focuses on in-depth coverage of stories neglected by Western media; “People and Power”, an investigative programme which looks at the abuse of power across the world; and “Listening Post”, an interactive show which provides insight and discussion on the global news divide.
Al Jazeera English currently reaches more than 200 million homes worldwide. The addition of Freeview is a significant step forward for AJE.
Commenting on the launch, Wadah Khanfar, Director General of the Al Jazeera Network said: “We are extremely pleased that Al Jazeera English’s groundbreaking news and current affairs programming will be available to more than 80% of UK homes. Providing content to the widest possible audience, free of charge, is part of Al Jazeera’s ongoing mandate and mission. With a large network of bureaus, and with unique access to under reported regions across the world, Al Jazeera English will bring a much needed international perspective to this important and diverse region.”
Ilse Howling, Managing Director, Freeview commented: "The addition of Al Jazeera English brings a new global perspective to our existing news channel line-up, bringing Freeview viewers even more subscription-free news content."
Al Anstey, Director of Media Development for the Al Jazeera Network added: “The UK remains an extremely important market for Al Jazeera. Freeview provides us with the platform to show our award-winning news and programming across the country. We know there is an audience for Al Jazeera English in the United Kingdom and we look forward to expanding our service throughout the country.”
Al Jazeera English is recognized for its distinguished reporting and programming. AJE has won the RTS (Royal Television Society) Young Reporter of the Year Award, and has received awards from the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Amnesty International and YouTube. Additionally, AJE has received several nominations for international Emmy awards in both the News and Current Affairs categories and the Royal Television Society awards as the 2009 “News Channel of the Year”.
In addition to being available on Freeview channel 89, Al Jazeera English is available in the United Kingdom on Sky Guide channel 514 and Freesat channel 203.
About Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English is the first English language world news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Launched in November 2006, Al Jazeera English seeks to present every side and every angle to its stories and act as a bridge between cultures. With unique access, making it the channel of reference for Middle East events, and with bureaus strategically placed around the world, Al Jazeera English provides independent and impartial news for a global audience, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world. AJE has more than 1000 employees worldwide, representing more than 50 nationalities – making AJE’s newsrooms one of the most diverse in the world.
Al Jazeera English is available in more than 100 countries to more than 200 million households worldwide, and was awarded “Best 24 Hour News Programme” at the 48th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival and has received awards from the Royal Television Society, Amnesty International and YouTube. The channel has also received several International Emmy nominations - one in news for its coverage of the Russia-Georgia War, one in current affairs for AJE’s Witness Special – Return to Nablus, one for best documentary for Shooting the Messenger and one for digital programmes for its coverage of the US election.
Al Jazeera started out more than thirteen years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation – the Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Arabic channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera.net (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.
Visit www.aljazeera.net/english for more details.
Freeview is the provider of TV on the main set in 10.2 million homes. In total, more than two-thirds of the UK (18.7 million homes) has Freeview. The Freeview channel line-up is subject to availability. Currently around 80% of UK homes can receive full Freeview coverage, extending to 90% at digital switchover in 2012.