Al Jazeera sets English launch date

Al Jazeera is to launch its English-language news and current affairs channel on November 15.

    The channel will air from four broadcast centres

    The Al Jazeera Network announced on Tuesday that the channel, part of the network and the sister channel to Al Jazeera, will begin broadcasting from its Doha headquarters at 1200 GMT on that day.

    The Al Jazeera English-language website is being relaunched at the same time.

    The announcement of the channel's forthcoming launch coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Al Jazeera, the network's Arabic-language channel.

    Wadah Khanfar, director-general of Al Jazeera Network, said: "We are extremely proud of what Al Jazeera has achieved over the past ten years. 

    "Al Jazeera today is an international media organisation.

    Al Jazeera English will build on the pioneering spirit of Al Jazeera and will carry our media model ... to the entire world.

    "The launching of the English channel offers the chance to reach out to a new audience that is used to hearing the name of Al Jazeera without being able to watch it or to understand its language.

    "The new channel will provide the same ground-breaking news and impartial and balanced journalism to the English-speaking world."

    Agenda-setting

    The English channel will have broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC.

    The website aljazeera.net/english will showcase the English channel's agenda-setting editorial mission and provide constantly updated coverage of news events from around the world, along with in-depth analysis and background.

    It will provide RSS feeds, live streams and downloadable clips from the channel, as well as interactive discussions and polling.

    Programme and presenter information as well as weather reports, live business data and sport will also be available.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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