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Al-Jazeera English

Not to be confused with Al Jazeera America.

Al Jazeera English
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Launched 15 November 2006
Network Al Jazeera
Owned by Al Jazeera Media Network
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
1080i,HDTV
Slogan "Setting The News Agenda"
Country Qatar
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Sister channel(s) Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera America
Website [note 1]
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview UK
(virtual)
Channel 83
Freeview|HD (New Zealand) Channel 16
Satellite
Tata Sky (India) Channel 518
Dish TV (India) Channel 618
Eutelsat 28A
Europe
11680 V / 27500 / 2/3
G-23 (IA 13)
N/Central America
3900 V / 27684 / 3/4
Galaxy 19
North America
12152 H / 20000 / 3/4
Hispasat 1C
Europe/N Africa
12092 V / 27500 / 3/4
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A
Europe
11034 V / 27500 / 3/4
Nilesat 101
North Africa/ME
12015 V / 27500 / 3/4
Optus C1
SE Asia/Australia
12367 V / 27800 / 3/4
PID: video=1121, audio=1122
Intelsat 9
Americas
3840 H / 27690 / 7/8
Intelsat 10
East. Hemisphere
4064 H / 19850 / 7/8
Thor 3
NE Europe
12398 H / 28000 / 7/8
Astro
Malaysia
Channel 513
Indovision
Indonesia
Channel 331
AsiaSat 3S
Asia/ME/Australia
3760 H / 26000 / 7/8
Astra 1KR
Europe
11508 V / 22000 / 5/6
Bell TV
Canada
Channel 516
Austar/Foxtel
Australia
Channel 651
yes Channel 108
Digital+ Channel 79
Digiturk Channel 144
Globecast Channel 463 (FTA)
MEO Channel 205
Freesat
UK
Channel 203
Sky
UK & Ireland
Channel 514
SKY Italia Channel 522
TPS Channel 330
Turksat 2A
Eurasia
12139 H / 2222 / 3/4
TV Vlaanderen Channel 54
Cignal Digital TV
Philippines
Channel 47
Cable Star Iloilo
(Philippines)
Channel 55
Cable TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 34
Cablecom
(Switzerland)
Channel 152 (digital CH-D)
Cablelink
(Philippines)
Channel 241
Cablevision
(Lebanon)
UNKNOWN
Elisa (digital tuner required)
First Media
(Indonesia)
Channel 252
Full Channel Channel 168
Destiny Cable
(Philippines)
Channel 22
Kabel BW
(Germany)
UNKNOWN
KDG
(Germany)
Channel 842
Numericable Channel 64
Parasat Cable TV
(Philippines)
Channel 98
Rogers Cable
(Canada)
Channel 176
Royal Cable Channel 65
Qatar Cable UNKNOWN
Shaw Exo TV
(Canada)
Channel 513
IPTV
Clix SmarTV Channel 97
Club Internet Channel 59
Elion Channel 66
Free Channel 85
HKBN bbTV Channel 735
Neuf TV Channel 47
now TV
Hong Kong
Channel 325
TPG UNKNOWN
Yes TV UNKNOWN
Imagenio Channel 136
Hypp.TV Channel 2001
MEO Channel 205
Bell Fibe TV
Canada
Channel 516
CHT MOD
Taiwan
Channel 116
Fetch Tv
Australia
Channel 187
UniFi
Malaysia
Channel 412
Optik TV
Canada
Channel 105
xs4all
netherlands
Channel 40
Streaming media
Al Jazeera iWanTV! (Philippines) JumpTV Livestation Real TVCatchup Watch live (UK only)
Vingo.tv Alpha Watch (Subscription)
YouTube Zattoo Watch (Where available)

Al Jazeera English (AJE) is an international 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar.

It is a sister channel of both the US-based English-language channel Al Jazeera America (AJAM), and of the original, Arabic-language, Al Jazeera - sometimes, albeit incorrectly, referred to as: Al Jazeera Arabic. The station broadcasts news features and analysis, documentaries, live debates, current affairs, business, technology and sports, and claims to be the first global high-definition television network.[1] Al Jazeera English is the world's first English-language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East.[2] The channel aims to provide both a regional voice and a global perspective for a potential world audience of over one billion English speakers who do not share the Anglo-American worldview.[3]

Instead of being run under one central command, news management rotates between broadcasting centers in Doha and London. At its launch, the station actually had four news centres on the world, in: Washington DC, London, Doha and Kuala Lumpur. Complete news bulletins from Kuala Lumpur stopped on 30 September 2010 and from Washington DC on 28 January 2011; they were replaced by news from Doha. All news inserts from Kuala Lumpur ceased in early 2011 and from Washington DC they ceased on 15 April 2012. By contrast, Al Jazeera English is one of the few global media outlets to maintain an agency in Gaza, and in Harare.

The network's stated objective is "to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions."[4]

Philosophy

Al Jazeera English has stated objectives of emphasizing news from the developing world, of "reversing the North to South flow of information" and of "setting the news agenda" (also the channel's slogan). Some observers, including media scholar Adel Iskandar, have commented that this focus can be seen, in the eyes of Western viewers, as casting Al Jazeera English as a global "alternative" news network, though the entire Al Jazeera brand has been heavily mainstreamed in many parts of the world.[5] Other Al Jazeera English slogans and catchphrases include: "All the News | All the Time", "Fearless Journalism" and "If it's newsworthy, it gets on air, whether it's Bush or Bin Laden". Al Jazeera's Code of Ethics mirrors some of these statements.[6] Award winning Creative teams shaped the English brand identity,[7] the on-air studios and its "EVERY ANGLE | EVERY SIDE" promotional positioning, led by Director of Creative, Morgan Almeida, "to extend the Arabic heritage in a language familiar to diverse global audiences".

Launch and reach

The channel was launched on Wednesday, 15 November 2006 at 12:00 GMT (19:00 WIB). It had aimed to begin global broadcasting in June 2006 but had to postpone its launch because its HDTV technology was not ready.[8][9] The channel was due to be called Al Jazeera International, but the name was changed nine months before the launch because "one of the Qatar-based channel's backers decided that the broadcaster already had an international scope with its original Arabic outlet."[10]

The channel had expected to reach around 40 million households, but it far exceeded that launch target, reaching 80 million homes.[11] As of 2009, Al Jazeera's English-language service can be viewed in every major European market and is available to 130 million homes in over 100 countries via cable and satellite, according to Molly Conroy, a spokeswoman for the network in Washington.[12]

The channel is noted for its poor penetration in the American market, where it is carried by only one satellite service and a small number of cable networks.[13] Al Jazeera English has begun a campaign to enter the North American market, including a dedicated website.[14] It became available to some cable subscribers in New York in August 2011, having previously been available as an option for some viewers in Washington DC, Ohio and Los Angeles.[15] It is readily available on most major Canadian television providers including Rogers and Bell TV after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved the channel for distribution in Canada on 26 November 2009.[16][17]

Al Jazeera English and Iran's state-run Press TV were the only international English-language television broadcasters with journalists reporting from inside both Gaza and Israel during the 2008–2009 Israel-Gaza conflict. Foreign press access to Gaza has been limited via either Egypt or Israel. However, Al Jazeera's reporters Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros were already inside Gaza when the conflict began and the network's coverage was often compared to CNN's initial coverage from inside Baghdad in the early days of the 1991 Gulf War.[18][19][20]

The channel may also be viewed online. It recommends online viewing either via Livestation, a free software (live, high quality), at its own website[21] (live, low quality), or at its channel on YouTube.[22] Although Al Jazeera English is produced in High Definition (HD), the output is converted to 14:9 SD similar to BBC World.[23] Programs are shown on the Al Jazeera English YouTube channel in their original 16:9 format.

Al Jazeera America

On 3 January 2013, Al Jazeera Media Network announced that it had purchased Current TV in the United States and would be launching an American news channel. 60% of the channel's programming would be produced in America while 40% would be from Al Jazeera English.[24][25][26][27] That was later changed at the request of the cable and satellite providers to almost 100% American programing.[28] Al Jazeera America airs Newshour in the morning and midday hours. Al Jazeera English programmes Witness, Earthrise, Listening Post, Talk To Al Jazeera and 101 East regularly air on Al Jazeera America.

Programmes

Current programmes on the channel are:[29][30] In addition to those listed below, Al Jazeera English runs various programmes that are either entirely non-recurrent or consist of just a limited number of parts (miniseries format known as special series). All programmes, including former shows are shown in their entirety on Al Jazeera's website and YouTube.

  • 101 East — the weekly documentary series for issues of particular importance in Asia. Presenters or hosts have included Teymoor Nabili and Fauziah Ibrahim, and more recently: Drew Ambrose, Yaara Bou Melhem, Eric Campbell, Robin Forestier-Walker, Nirmal Ghosh, Subina Shreshta, Supriya Sobti and Nick Lazaredes.
  • Al Jazeera Correspondent — more thought-provoking reports from the channel's correspondents and presenters, but with a personal twist: these are insights into the events that made them the questioning people they are today, or the preoccupations that now keep them motivated -
    • Stephanie Scawen - the dispassionate account of a resolute woman's 17 years as a correspondent living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative illness for which there is as yet no cure.
    • Step Vaessen - the story of the end of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor in 1999, the price it exacted upon the Timorese and on journalist colleague Sander Thoenes and the scars this left on Step and her family to this day
  • Al Jazeera World — the documentary-slot for films of in-depth reportage. The films in this series are of longer duration than in the similar series Witness and are therefore often more of an investigative report, rather than the human-interest vignettes of Witness.
  • Counting The Cost — the weekly look at business and finance.[31] Hosted by Kamahl Santamaria.
  • The Cure — the programme that examines global innovations and practices in medicine and healthcare.
  • earthrise (written without capitalisation) — the environmental programme that features simple, proven technologies and initiatives which are bringing noticeable benefits to human communities and to natural habitats across the continents.
  • Empire — a monthly programme exploring global powers and their policies. A discussion with host Marwan Bishara and his guests[32]
  • Fault Lines — the documentary series focused on the forgotten and the unreported aspects of life in the United States. Presenters by: Josh Rushing, Sebastian Walker, Anjali Kamat and Wab Kinew and, formerly, Zeina Awad.
  • The Frost Interview (previously Frost Over The World) — this was hosted by David Frost: "Frost Over the World brings together a diverse range of guests to discuss the week’s current affairs". Sir David died in August 2013, but the interviews recorded for this series have been broadcast posthumously, with family consent.
  • Inside Story — the daily investigation and analysis of a topical issue, with the aid of three guests from within and without the country in question. The regular hosts are: Jane Dutton and Shiulie Ghosh, but many presenters have taken the chair, including: James Bays, Stephen Cole, David Foster, Mike Hanna, Veronica Pedrosa, Kamahl Santamaria, Hazem Sika and Folly Bah Thibault.
  • Inside Syria — the weekly review of recent events in the Syrian civil war, similar to the former programme Inside Iraq. Hosted mainly by: Jane Dutton.
  • Listening Post — analysis of how the other news organizations are covering the stories of the week, plus examination of viewer-submitted news. Hosted from London by Richard Gizbert.
  • News:
    • World news live from Al Jazeera's Doha broadcast centre
    • World news live from Al Jazeera's London broadcast centre
    • Newshour — an hour of world news and sport hosted from both of Al Jazeera's broadcast centres, sometimes linked together live:
      • 02:00 GMT edition from Doha
      • 10:00 GMT edition from Doha
      • 13:00 GMT edition from Doha
      • 15:00 GMT edition from Doha and London
      • 18:00 GMT edition from Doha and London
      • 21:00 GMT edition from London
      • 23:00 GMT edition from Doha
    • News headlines are broadcast generally every half hour
  • People & Power — a biweekly programme, originally hosted by Dr Shereen El Feki, Juliana Ruhfus and Sapna Bhatia. In April 2007, Samah El-Shahat replaced Shereen El Feki as the main host of the program. "People & Power is about power in the 21st century – who has it, who wants it and how it is being used – and abused"
  • South2North — a global talk-show, seen from the perspective of the southern hemisphere, with interviews to discuss key issues of importance to the developing world.[33] Hosted by Redi Tlhabi from Johannesburg.
  • The Stream — the discussion-programme focused on the social media, daily from Monday to Thursday. Hosted by Femi Oke and Malika Bilal, usually with one guest in the studio and a couple on Skype. An issue, itself often viewer-generated, is discussed by the team and viewers can contribute with comments on Twitter or Facebook, with some occasionally invited to join in on Skype.
  • Talk to Al Jazeera — extended studio-interviews with people of influence from around the world:

Angela Kane talked to: James Bays
Anders Fogh Rasmussen talked to: Barbara Serra
President José Mujica talked to: Lucia Newman

  • Witness — the daily documentary-slot for films by the best of the world's independent film-makers. The strand aims to shine a light on the events and people long-forgotten by the global media and on those which never merited a mention in the first place.
  • Special Series: in addition to the documentary strands such as Witness, Fault Lines, 101 East and The Cure, there are also 'stand-alone' extended documentary-series. Recent offerings have included:
    • Black France — Afro-Caribbean immigration and racism & multi-culturalism: seen from a Francophone perspective.
    • Algeria: the Test of Power — the test as to whether politicians in exile and fighters of the revolutionary underground could unite to form a nation-state, whether survivors of a bitter war could settle down as peaceful legislators and administrators, whether a powerful army could tolerate the foibles of civilian politicians, whether militarists and religious factions could co-exist and whether the new order could cherish or even tolerate minorities and a plural society. Any parallels with later revolutions are presumably intentional.
  • The Fabulous Picture Show — hosted by Amanda Palmer, offers some interviews and reports on movies, actor and directors.
  • Activate — the stories of activists around the world as they challenge authority and stand up for their beliefs.
  • Artscape — giving expression to the creative forces behind many of the world's headline stories.
  • Inside Story Americas — "dissecting the day's top story from the Americas". Presented from Washington, DC.

Former programmes

These include programmes that have not had a new episode announced since 2011.

  • 48 — weekly show hosted by Teymoor Nabili; Asian politics, business and current affairs
  • Everywoman — hosted by Shiulie Ghosh; "Everywoman is the first show of its kind from the Middle East to put women’s issues at its core. Its strong stories with universal appeal ensure that this will be compelling viewing for men and women alike"
  • Inside Iraq — coverage of the Iraq War, hosted by Jasim Al-Azzawi
  • News Review — Al Jazeera English reviews/recaps the news of the day
  • Riz Khan — daily (Mon-Thu) viewer participation show, hosted by Riz Khan. Similar to CNN's Larry King Live
    • Riz Khan One on One — Riz Khan sits down with a single guest for an extended interview
  • Africa Investigates — African journalists risk their lives in order to reveal the truth about corruption and abuse across the continent
  • Sportsworld — a daily sports programme hosted on rotation by members of Al Jazeera's sports team

International bureaus

In addition to its four main broadcast centres, Al Jazeera English has 21 supporting bureaus around the world which gather and produce news. It also shares resources with its Arabic-language sister channel's 42 bureaus and is planning to add further bureaus, to be announced as they open.[34] After it began broadcasting in Canada in May 2010, the network announced plans to open a Canadian bureau office in June 2010 in Toronto.[35][36] This is a significant difference from the present trend:

"The mainstream American networks have cut their bureaus to the bone.... They’re basically only in London now. Even CNN has pulled back. I remember in the '80s when I covered these events there would be a truckload of American journalists and crews and editors and now Al Jazeera outnumbers them all.... That's where, in the absence of alternatives, Al Jazeera English can fill a vacuum, simply because we’re going in the opposite direction."
-Tony Burman, Former Managing Director, AJE (quoted in Adbusters)[37]Italic text

Also Al Jazeera presenters can alternate between broadcast centres. Al Jazeera also shares English-speaking correspondents with Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera Balkans, and vice versa.


the Middle East & the Maghreb

Broadcast Centre: Doha (map – Google)

Anchors: Jane Dutton, Adrian Finighan, Fauziah Ibrahim, Folly Bah Thibault, Dareen Abughaida, Stephen Cole, David Foster, Shiulie Ghosh, Darren Jordon, Laura Kyle, Rob Matheson, Kamahl Santamaria, Shakuntala Santhiran, Sherine Tadros, Sami Zeidan, Jonah Hull, Divya Gopalan, Mike Hanna, Veronica Pedrosa, Elizabeth Puranam, Hazem Sika, Sohail Rahman, Sue Turton, Ghida Fakhry
Sports Desk: Andy Richardson, Rahul Pathak, Joanna Gasiorowska (& producer), Robin Adams, Farrah Esmail (& producer), Sana Hamouche, Paul Rhys (& producer)

Weather Team: Richard Angwin, Everton Fox, Steff Gaulter

Producers (Producer-Reporters): Caroline Malone, Osama Bin Javaid

Correspondents & Reporters: Nazanine Moshiri, Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Andrew Simmons, Anita McNaught, Peter Sharp, Sue Turton (Egypt) (&: presenter), Zeina Khodr (Lebanon), Nisreen El-Shamayleh (Jordan), Omar Al-Saleh (Turkish/Syrian border), Hashem Ahelbarra (Gulf states), Mohammed Vall (North Africa), Nadim Baba (Israel/Palestine), Stefanie Dekker (Israel/Palestine), Nicole Johnston (Egypt), Soraya Lennie (Iran), Dominic Kane (Egypt) (&: producer), Bernard Smith, Imran Khan, Tarek Bazley, Jamal Elshayyal, Gerald Tan (science & technology), Naser Shadid (Syria - Deraa), Mahmoud al-Zabeik (Syria - Damascus) [Al Jazeera (Arabic): dubbed], Youssef Gaigi (Tunisia), Richard Parr (sports), Elise Holman (sports), Rawya Rageh, Charles Stratford, Mahmoud Abd al-Wahid, Joanna Blundell; Dorothy Parvaz, Rula Amin, Jane Arraf, Tony Birtley, Clayton Swisher, Emike Umolu (producer)

Countries and Correspondents:
Maghreb:
Tunis (Tunisia): Nazanine Moshiri
Cairo (Egypt): Sue Turton, Dominic Kane
Levant:
Gaza (Palestine - Gaza Strip):
Ramallah (Palestine - West Bank):
Jerusalem (Israel/Palestine): Stefanie Dekker, Nadim Baba, Peter Sharp
Amman (Jordan): Nisreen El-Shamayleh
Beirut (Lebanon): Zeina Khodr, Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Andrew Simmons
Antakya (Turkey - Hatay): Omar Al-Saleh
West Asia
Baghdad (Iraq):
Tehran (Iran): Soraya Lennie

Cairo

The Al Jazeera bureaus in Egypt were one of the very first targets for the Armed Forces, when they took back power through the putsch against the elected government. The studios and offices themselves were ransacked and the journalists and their teams were taken into custody.

The journalists for Al Jazeera English, Wayne Hay and his colleagues, were soon expelled, as the groundless detention of Western journalists undermined the notion both that the putsch was democratic in aspiration plus that it had the support of the people, as should have been reflected in interviews with the crowds. The journalists from the Arabic-language service, Al Jazeera ('Al Jazeera Arabic'), several of whom are themselves Egyptian, are, however, still being detained without cause.

As a result, Al Jazeera English has sent in new journalists. One correspondent is female and one correspondent is male. They are not being named, in order to make it harder for the putschists to identify them and detain them. The individual journalists are rotated periodically and the resident journalists are jokingly referred to as Alison, or: Al and Alexander, or: Al. They are being addressed as either 'Our Correspondent' or 'Our Special Correspondent'.

From October 2013, a number of experienced correspondents have operated in the country: possibly briefly, but at least openly.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Bureaus: Nairobi, Harare, Johannesburg, Abuja

Programme Host: Redi Tlhabi (Johannesburg)

Correspondents: Peter Greste, Mohammed Adow, Haru Mutasa (Southern Africa), Yvonne Ndege (West Africa), Catherine Soi (Kenya), Tania Page (Southern Africa), Malcolm Webb (East Africa), Nicolas Haque (Senegal), Ahmed Idris (Nigeria), Harriet Martin (Sudan), Anna Cavell (South Sudan)

Countries and Correspondents:
Khartoum: (Sudan): Harriet Martin
East Africa:
Juba: (South Sudan): Anna Cavell
Kampala: (Uganda): Malcolm Webb
Nairobi Bx.: (Kenya): Catherine Soi
Southern Africa:
Johannesburg Bx.: (South Africa): Haru Mutasa, Tania Page
West Africa:
Abuja: (Nigeria): Yvonne Ndege, Ahmed Idris (&: producer)
Dakar: (Sénégal): Nicolas Haque


Europe

Broadcast Centre: London (map – Google)

Anchors: Felicity Barr, Barbara Serra, Lauren Taylor, Julie MacDonald, Maryam Nemazee
Sports Desk: Lee Wellings

Programme Host: Richard Gizbert

Correspondents: Barnaby Phillips, Laurence Lee (UK), Paul Brennan, Rory Challands, Tim Friend, Emma Hayward, Simon McGregor-Wood, Jacky Rowland, Nick Spicer (Germany), John Psaropoulos (Greece), Claudio Lavanga (Italy), David Chater (Russia), Karl Stagno-Navarra (Malta), Phil Lavelle (Cyprus), Neave Barker, Sonia Gallego, Charlie Angela, Kim Vinnell, Uluç Akay, Işıl Sarıyüce, Aljoša Milenković (Serbia), Milica Marinović, Arduana Kurić, Alex Forrest, Harry Smith, Catherine Stancl, Imogen Brennan

Countries and Correspondents:
London (United Kingdom) Bx.: Laurence Lee, Catherine Stancl
Paris (France): Tim Friend
Berlin (Germany): Nick Spicer
Moscow (Russia): David Chater
Athens (Greece): John Psaropoulos
Rome (Italy): Claudio Lavanga, Sonia Gallego
Al Jazeera Balkans:
Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina): Nadina Maličbegović
Al Jazeera Türk: - in formation: launch staff present, but yet to air

The Americas

Broadcast Centre: Washington, D.C.: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
New York is the headquarters of the sister-channel: Al Jazeera America. This station obviously has an extensive network of bureaus and correspondents within the United States, many of whom will also appear on Al Jazeera English.

Programme Hosts: Josh Rushing & Sebastian Walker

Countries and Correspondents: James Bays (diplomatic editor: Washington, DC & New York), Ross Shimabuku, Tamara Banks, Casey Kauffman, Chris Bury, Jessica Taff, Juan Carlos Molina, John Henry Smith, Paul Beban, Nick Clark
North America:
Toronto (Canada): Daniel Lak
Chicago [Il] Bx.: John Hendren; AJAM: Ash-har Quraishi
New York [NY] Bx.: Kristen Saloomey (United Nations), Cath Turner (Wall St.), Roxana Saberi
Washington D.C. [DC] Bx.: Rosiland Jordan, Patty Culhane (White House), Kimberly Halkett (Capitol Hill), Shihab Rattansi, Jeanne Meserve, Alan Fisher, John Terrett, Tom Ackerman; AJAM: Libby Casey
Miami [Fl] Bx.: Andy Gallacher
New Orleans [La] Bx.: AJAM: Robert Ray
Dallas [Tx] Bx.: AJAM: Heidi Zhou-Castro
Denver [Co] Bx.: Jim Hooley
Seattle [Wa] Bx.: Tonya Mosley, AJAM: Allen Schauffler
San Francisco [Ca] Bx.: AJAM: Melissa Chan
Los Angeles [Ca] Bx.: Rob Reynolds, Stephanie Stanton; AJAM: Jennifer London
Latin America:
Mexico City (Mexico): Adam Raney, Rachel Levin
Guatemala City (Guatemala): David Mercer
Bogotá (Colombia): Alessandro Rampietti
Lima (Perú): Mariana Sanchez
São Paulo (Brazil): Gabriel Elizondo
Buenos Aires (Argentina): Lucia Newman, Teresa Bo, Mónica Villamizar

Asia-Pacific

Correspondents: Marga Ortigas (China), Scott Heidler, Rob McBride, Step Vaessen (Indonesia), Kamal Hyder (Pakistan), Jane Ferguson (Afghanistan), Jennifer Glasse (Afghanistan), Nidhi Dutt (India), Harry Fawcett (Korea), Andrew Thomas (Australia), Jamela Alindogan (Philippines), Wayne Hay (Japan), Faiz Jamil (India), Craig Leeson (Hong Kong, PRC), Florence Looi (Malaysia), Maher Sattar (Bangladesh), Stephanie Scawen (Malaysia), Subina Shreshta (Nepal), Imtiaz Tyab (Pakistan), Karishma Vyas (India), Sohail Rahman (India), Tanvir Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Minelle Fernandez (Sri Lanka), Robin Forestier-Walker (Kazakhstan), Aya Asakura, Nirmal Ghosh, Steve Chao

Countries and Correspondents:
Central Asia
Almaty (Kazakhstan): Robin Forestier-Walker
South Asia:
Kabul (Afghanistan): Jane Ferguson, Jennifer Glasse
Islamabad (Pakistan): Kamal Hyder, Imtiaz Tyab
New Delhi (India): Nidhi Dutt, Faiz Jamil, Karishma Vyas, So Rahman
Kathmandu (Nepal): Subina Shreshta
Dhaka (Bangladesh): Maher Sattar, Tanvir Chowdhury
Colombo (Sri Lanka): Minelle Fernandez
North-East Asia:
Hong Kong (China): Rob McBride, Craig Leeson
Beijing (China): Marga Ortigas
Seoul (South Korea): Harry Fawcett
Tokyo (Japan): Wayne Hay
ASEAN region:
Bangkok (Thailand): Scott Heidler
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Florence Looi, Stephanie Scawen
Jakarta (Indonesia): Step Vaessen
Manila (Philippines): Jamela Alindogan
Australasia:
Sydney (Australia): Andrew Thomas
Wellington (New Zealand/Aotearoa):

Al Jazeera English's longtime China correspondent Melissa Chan was expelled from the country in 2012. The Chinese government did not provide any public reasons but was known to have been unhappy over a documentary the channel had aired on China's prison system.[38][39][40] On 8 May 2012, reporters from the Beijing press corps asked about the expulsion at the Chinese Foreign Ministry's daily press briefing. Officials did not provide an explanation, and censored most of the questions when they published their official transcript.[41]

Staff

In common with most broadcasters, Al Jazeera English uses a combination of full-time 'staffers' and local freelancers. So long as the journalists are appearing - or are providing credited commentaries - regularly on-air, no distinction has been made as to their contractual arrangements. However, those who have received a recent on-air profile and whose names therefore appear in bold, may well be assumed to be on the staff.

Current

On-air staff currently working for the station (previous employer in brackets) include:[42]

A
  • Hoda Abdel-Hamid (ABC News, France 3) - correspondent: Arab states
  • Dareen Abughaida (Dubai One, Bloomberg, CNBC) - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Tom Ackerman - correspondent: USA - Washington, DC
  • Robin Adams - sports-presenter: Doha
  • Mohammed Adow - correspondent: Africa
  • Hashem Ahelbarra - correspondent: Gulf states
  • Jamela Alindogan - correspondent: Philippines
  • Omar Al-Saleh - correspondent: Turkish-Syrian border
  • Richard Angwin (BBC, Met Office) - weather-presenter: Doha
  • Al Anstey (CBS, GMTV, APTV News, ITN) - Managing Director of AJ.E
B
  • Nadim Baba - correspondent: Israel/Palestine
  • Neave Barker (RT) - correspondent: Europe
  • Felicity Barr (ITN) - presenter: Newshour: London
  • James Bays (Channel 5 News) - diplomatic editor & host: USA
  • Russell Beard - host/presenter: earthrise
  • Malika Bilal - co-host: The Stream
  • Osama Bin Javaid (DawnNews) - producer & reporter: Doha
  • Marwan Bishara (American University of Paris) - host: Empire
  • Teresa Bo (CNN) - correspondent: South America
  • Paul Brennan - correspondent: Russia
C
  • Rory Challands - correspondent: Europe
  • Melissa Chan - correspondent: USA - San Francisco
  • David Chater (Kanal Pik) - correspondent: Russia
  • Nick Clark (BBC World, ITV) - Doha: 2013-14: MIT fellow
  • Stephen Cole (BBC World, CNN International, Sky News) - presenter: Newshour: Doha & host
  • Patty Culhane (WAVY-TV) - correspondent: USA - Washington DC: White House [&: AJAM]
D
  • Stefanie Dekker - correspondent: Israel/Palestine
  • Nidhi Dutt (ABC Australia, BBC World) - presenter & correspondent: India
  • Jane Dutton (CNN, CNBC, BBC) - host: Inside Story & Inside Syria
E
  • Gabriel Elizondo - correspondent: Brazil
  • Nisreen El-Shamayleh - correspondent: Jordan
  • Jamal Elshayyal - correspondent: Doha
  • Farrah Esmail - sports-presenter & producer: Doha
F
  • Harry Fawcett - correspondent: South Korea
  • Jane Ferguson - correspondent: Afghanistan
  • Adrian Finighan (CNN) - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Alan Fisher (GMTV) - correspondent: USA - Washington, DC
  • David Foster (Sky) - presenter: Newshour: Doha, & host
  • Everton Fox (BBC World) - weather-presenter: Doha
  • Tim Friend - correspondent: Europe
G
  • Andy Gallacher (BBC) - correspondent: USA - Miami
  • Sonia Gallego - correspondent: Europe
  • Joanna Gąsiorowska (ITN, Sky Sports) - sports-presenter/correspondent & producer: Doha
  • Steff Gaulter (Sky News, Met Office) - weather-presenter: Doha
  • Shiulie Ghosh (ITN) - presenter: Newshour: Doha & host: Inside Story
  • Richard Gizbert (ABC) - host: Listening Post: London
  • Jennifer Glasse - correspondent: Afghanistan
  • Divya Gopalan (BBC World, NBC, CNBC) - news-presenter: Doha
  • Peter Greste (BBC) - correspondent: Africa
H
  • Kimberly Halkett (Global – Canada) - correspondent: USA - Washington DC: Capitol Hill [&: AJAM]
  • Sana Hamouche - sports-presenter: Doha
  • Mike Hanna (ITN, CNN) - news-presenter & host: Doha (&: correspondent)
  • Nicolas Haque - correspondent: Senegal
  • Mehdi Hasan - host: The Café
  • Wayne Hay (TVNZ, IRN News) - correspondent: Japan
  • Emma Hayward - correspondent: Europe
  • Scott Heidler - correspondent: East Asia
  • John Hendren (ABC) - correspondent: USA - Chicago
  • Jonah Hull (Sky) - news-presenter: Doha (&: correspondent)
  • Kamal Hyder - correspondent: Pakistan
I
  • Fauziah Ibrahim (STTV, CNBC) - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Ahmed Idris - correspondent & producer: Nigeria
J
K
  • Dominic Kane - correspondent: Egypt, &: producer
  • Imran Khan - correspondent: Doha
  • Zeina Khodr - correspondent: Lebanon
  • Laura Kyle (CCTV International, China Radio) - presenter: Newshour: Doha, & host
L
  • Daniel Lak - correspondent: Canada
  • Claudio Lavanga - correspondent: Italy
  • Phil Lavelle - correspondent: Europe
  • Laurence Lee - correspondent: UK
  • Soraya Lennie - correspondent: Iran
  • Florence Looi - correspondent: East Asia
M
  • Julie MacDonald (ITV, BBC World, GMTV) - presenter: Newshour: London
  • Rob McBride - correspondent: East Asia
  • Simon McGregor-Wood (ABC News) - correspondent: Europe
  • Anita McNaught (TVNZ, CNN) - correspondent: Turkish-Syrian border
  • Caroline Malone (Sky) - producer & reporter: Doha
  • Harriet Martin - correspondent: Sudan
  • Rob Matheson - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • David Mercer - correspondent: Central America
  • Jeanne Meserve (ABC News, CNN) - correspondent: USA - Washington, DC [&: AJAM]
  • Nazanine Moshiri - correspondent: Africa (&: Europe & Maghreb!)
  • Haru Mutasa - correspondent: Southern Africa, & host
N
  • Yvonne Ndege - correspondent: West Africa
  • Maryam Nemazee - presenter: Newshour: London
  • Lucia Newman (CNN) - correspondent: South America
O
P
  • Tania Page - correspondent: Southern Africa
  • Rahul Pathak - sports-presenter/correspondent: Doha
  • Verónica Pedrosa (ABS-CBN, BBC World, CNN International) - news-presenter & host: Doha (&: correspondent)
  • Barnaby Phillips (BBC) - correspondent: Europe
  • John Psaropoulos - correspondent: Greece
  • Elizabeth Puranam (TV3 New Zealand) - news-presenter: Doha
R
  • Sohail Rahman (Granada TV, ITV, BBC World, Channel 4, CNN) - news-presenter (Doha) and correspondent: India
  • Adam Raney - correspondent: Mexico
  • Shihab Rattansi (Channel NewsAsia, CNN International) - news-presenter, & correspondent: USA
  • Rob Reynolds - correspondent: USA - Los Angeles
  • Paul Rhys - sports-presenter & producer: Doha
  • Andy Richardson (Sky News, ITN) - sports-presenter: Doha
  • Jacky Rowland - correspondent: Europe, & host
  • Josh Rushing (USMC) - presenter: Fault Lines, & host
S
  • Kristen Saloomey - correspondent: USA - New York: United Nations
  • Mariana Sanchez (ABC) - correspondent: Perú
  • Kamahl Santamaria (Sky News Australia, TV3 News) - host: Counting the Cost, & presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Maher Sattar (France 24) - correspondent: Bangladesh
  • Shakuntala Santhiran (BBC World, CNN) - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Stephanie Scawen - correspondent: Asia-Pacific
  • Barbara Serra (Sky News) - presenter: Newshour: London
  • Peter Sharp - correspondent: Israel/Palestine
  • Hazem Sika - news-presenter & producer: Doha
  • Andrew Simmons - correspondent: Lebanon
  • Bernard Smith - correspondent: Egypt
  • Catherine Soi - correspondent: Kenya
  • Nick Spicer (NPR, USA, CBC) - correspondent: Germany
T
  • Sherine Tadros (Al-Arabiya) - presenter: Newshour: Doha
  • Gerald Tan - correspondent: science & technology: Doha
  • Lauren Taylor (ITN, Sky News) - presenter: Newshour: London (& Doha)
  • John Terrett - correspondent: USA - Washington
  • Andrew Thomas - correspondent: Australia
  • Redi Tlhabi (SABC3, eNews, Mzansi Magic) - host: South2North: Johannesburg
  • Folly Bah Thibault (France 24) - presenter: Newshour: Doha, & host
  • Cath Turner - correspondent: USA - New York
  • Sue Turton (Channel 4) - news-presenter (Doha) & correspondent: Egypt
  • Imtiaz Tyab - correspondent: Pakistan
V
  • Step Vaessen - correspondent: Indonesia
  • Mohammed Vall (aka: Mohammed Vall Salem): correspondent: Africa
  • Mónica Villamizar - correspondent: South America
  • Kim Vinnell - correspondent: UK
  • Karishma Vyas - correspondent: India
W
  • Sebastian Walker - presenter: Fault Lines
  • Malcolm Webb - correspondent: East Africa
  • Lee Wellings (Sky) - sports-presenter: London
Z
  • Sami Zeidan (CNBC Arabiya, CNN) - presenter: Newshour: Doha, & host
Also:
  • Charlie Angela - correspondent: Europe
  • Tarek Bazley - correspondent:
  • Joanna Blundell - correspondent: Doha
  • Imogen Brennan (ABC Australia) - correspondent: London
  • Anna Cavell - correspondent: South Sudan
  • Shamim Chowdhury - producer & reporter
  • Tanvir Chowdhury - correspondent: Bangladesh
  • Minelle Fernandez - correspondent: Sri Lanka
  • Ghida Fakhry (Asharq Al-Awsat, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation) - presenter
  • Robin Forestier-Walker - presenter & correspondent: Central Asia
  • Youssef Gaigi - correspondent: Tunisia
  • Elise Holman - sports-reporter
  • Craig Leeson - correspondent: Hong Kong, PRC
  • Rachel Levin - correspondent: Mexico
  • Aljoša Milenković - correspondent: Serbia
  • Tonya Mosley - correspondent: USA - Seattle
  • Richard Parr (Sky) - sports-reporter: Doha
  • Alessandro Rampietti - correspondent: Colombia
  • Roxana Saberi - correspondent: USA - New York
  • Naser Shadid (BBC) - correspondent: Syria - Deraa
  • Subina Shreshta - presenter & correspondent: Nepal
  • Karl Stagno-Navarra - correspondent: Malta
  • Catherine Stancl - correspondent: UK
  • Stephanie Stanton - correspondent: USA - Los Angeles
Strands:
  • 101 East:
    • Drew Ambrose - presenter
    • Yaara Bou Melhem - presenter
    • Eric Campbell (ABC Australia) - presenter; introduction: Steve Chao
    • Nirmal Ghosh - presenter
    • Nick Lazaredes - presenter
    • Supriya Sobti - presenter
  • The Cure:
    • Dr. Javed Abdel Moneim - physician & presenter
    • Dr. Rafik Bedair - physician & presenter
    • Dr. Janine Cooper - physician & presenter
  • earthrise:
    • Amandeep Bhangu - presenter
    • Amanda Burrell - presenter
    • Yasmeen Qureshi - presenter
    • Sylvia Rowley - presenter
    • Juliana Schatz - presenter
  • Fault Lines
    • Anjali Kamat - presenter
    • Wab Kinew (CBC) - presenter
  • Listening Post
    • Nicholas Muirhead - reporter
    • Flo Phillips - producer & reporter
    • Marcela Pizarro - reporter
    • Meenakshi Ravi - reporter
  • The Stream:
    • Omar Baddar - producer & presenter
    • Latoya Peterson - producer & presenter
Al Jazeera Media Network correspondents also seen on AJ.E:
  • Al Jazeera America:
  • Paul Beban - correspondent: Denver
  • Chris Bury (WYCC) - correspondent: Chicago
  • Libby Casey (C-SPAN) - correspondent/host: Inside Story (America)
  • Joie Chen (CBS, CNN) - correspondent/host: America Tonight
  • Jennifer London - correspondent: Los Angeles
  • Ash-har Quraishi - correspondent: Chicago
  • Robert Ray - correspondent: New Orleans
  • Allen Schauffler (KING-TV) - correspondent: Seattle
  • Ross Shimabuku (KSWB) - sports-correspondent: New York
  • John Henry Smith (CSN.BA)- sports-correspondent: New York
  • Jessica Taff (WABC-TV, YES) - sports-correspondent: New York
  • Heidi Zhou-Castro (YNN) - correspondent: Dallas
  • Al Jazeera Balkans:
  • Arduana Kurić (Hayat BiH) - correspondent: Sarajevo
  • Nadina Maličbegović - correspondent: Sarajevo
  • Milica Marinović - correspondent: Podgorica
  • Al Jazeera Türk:
  • Uluç Akay - correspondent
And:
  • Hyder Abbasi - reporter
  • Mahmoud Abd al-Wahid - correspondent
  • Bob Abeshouse - USA
  • Rula Amin (CNN) - Beirut
  • Jane Arraf (Christian Science Monitor) - Baghdad
  • Aya Asakura - correspondent
  • Tony Birtley (ABC, ITN)
  • Jez Brown (3News, Te Kāea)
  • Samah El-Shahat
  • Alex Forrest - correspondent
  • Steve Gaisford (Sky News, ITV, Channel 5)
  • Jim Hooley (KDVR) - correspondent
  • Rola Ibrahim (Al Jazeera)
  • Casey Kauffman - correspondent
  • Caitlin McGee - reporter
  • Dorothy Parvaz: Doha
  • Andrew Potter - reporter
  • Rawya Rageh - reporter: Doha
  • Işıl Sarıyüce - correspondent
  • Harry Smith - correspondent
  • Charles Stratford - reporter: Doha
  • Clayton Swisher: Doha
  • Nick Toksvig - reporter
  • Emike Umolu (ITN) - producer: Doha
  • Fred Weir (Christan Science Monitor) - Moscow
  • Erica Wood - reporter

bold type: subject, in 2013, of an on-air Al-Jazeera 'Profile', or puff; in the case of the programme-hosts, this is in conjunction with a plug for the strand itself.

Former presenters and correspondents

Former Al-Jazeera English presenters and correspondents now working for Al-Jazeera America, still within the network, include:

  • Kevin Corriveau - weather-presenter
  • Lisa Fletcher - host: The Stream

  • David Hawkins - producer & reporter

Staff who are currently appearing on both of Al-Jazeera's English-language channels have not been included on this list, even if they are appearing mainly on the American channel.

Other presenters and correspondents who have worked for Al-Jazeera English include:

Recruitment

Veteran British broadcaster David Frost joined Al Jazeera English in 2005[43] to host his show Frost Over the World.

Former BBC and CNN anchor Riz Khan, who previously had been the host of the CNN talk show Q&A, also joined. He hosts his shows Riz Khan and Riz Khan's One on One.

Former U.S. Marine Josh Rushing joined Al Jazeera in September 2005.[44] He had been the press officer for the United States Central Command during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and in that role had been featured in the documentary Control Room. When subsequently joining Al Jazeera, Rushing commented that "In a time when American media has become so nationalized, I'm excited about joining an organization that truly wants to be a source of global information...."[45] Rushing works from the Washington DC broadcasting centre.

Former CNN and BBC news anchorwoman and award winning journalist Veronica Pedrosa also joined the team,[46] along with CNN producer James Wright, and Kieran Baker, a former editor and producer for CNN, who had been Acting General Manager, Communications and Public Participation for ICANN. On 2 December 2005, Stephen Cole, a senior anchor on BBC World and Click Online presenter, announced he was joining Al Jazeera International.[47]

The network announced on 12 January 2006 that former Nightline correspondent Dave Marash would be the co-anchor from their Washington studio. Marash described his new position as "the most interesting job on Earth."[48] On 6 February 2006, it was announced that the former BBC reporter Rageh Omaar would host the daily weeknights documentary series, Witness.[49]

The managing director for Al Jazeera English was previously Tony Burman, who replaced Nigel Parsons in May 2008.[50]

Availability

The channel is available in many countries,[51] mostly via satellite, sometimes via cable. The channel is also available online.[52] Al Jazeera English provides a free HD stream on its website for unlimited viewing.[21] It is available for free worldwide. They also provide a free stream on their YouTube page.[22] It can also be streamed in lower quality live worldwide for free through Livestation. Previously, before Al Jazeera provided an official stream, a low quality RealVideo stream was available for viewing. Al Jazeera news segments are frequently included on the American public television program Worldfocus. Al Jazeera can also be streamed on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a 3G or wifi connection using a free application.

Along with a free unlimited high-quality stream on the official Al Jazeera English website, Online subscriptions allowing unlimited viewing may be purchased from Jump TV,[53] RealPlayer,[54] and VDC.[55] Headlines from Al-Jazeera English are available on Twitter.[56]

Al Jazeera English's website also contains news reports and full episodes of their programs that can be viewed for free on their website. The videos are hosted by YouTube, where viewers can also go to find the videos.[57][58]

Al Jazeera English is available in the UK and Ireland on Freeview channel 83, Sky channel 514, Freesat channel 203 and Virgin Media channel 622.

On 26 November 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved "a request to add Al Jazeera English (AJE) to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis and amends the lists of eligible satellite services accordingly."[16][17] Al Jazeera English became available on Rogers Cable, Videotron and Bell TV on 4 May 2010.[35]

In New Zealand, Triangle TV re-broadcasts various Al Jazeera programmes in Auckland on free-to-air UHF channel. TV One will start playing it 01:30 to 06:00 from 1 April 2013.

In April 2010, Al Jazeera English was taken off air in mio TV Singapore with unspecified reasons, according to the official Al Jazeera English website.

The channel initially began test streaming Al Jazeera English (then called "Al Jazeera International") in March 2006 on Hot Bird, Astra 1E, Hispasat, AsiaSat3S, Eutelsat 28A and Panamsat PAS 10. Telenors Thor, Türksat and Eutelsat 25A were added to the satellites carrying it. Eutelsat 28A carried the test stream on frequency 11.681 under the name "AJI".

On 7 December 2010, Al Jazeera said its English language service has got a downlink license to broadcast in India. Satellite and cable companies would therefore be allowed to broadcast Al Jazeera in the country.[59] The channel launched on Dish TV in November 2011,[60] and is considering a Hindi-language channel.[61]

United States


Al Jazeera English is available via satellite across all of North America free to air via GlobeCast World TV on Galaxy 19 on the Ku band in DVB format. As of 2011, only a small number of Americans were able to watch the channel on their televisions.[62] Among the markets where it was available was were Bristol County, Rhode Island, Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio, Burlington, Vermont, Houston, Texas, and Washington, DC.[63] Industry giant Comcast originally planned to carry Al Jazeera English in 2007, but reversed its decision shortly before the channel's launch, citing "the already-saturated television market".[64] The two major American satellite providers, DirecTV and Dish Network, had similar plans but also changed their minds, with speculation that the decision may have been influenced by allegations by the Bush administration of "anti-American bias" in the channel.[65]

With Al Jazeera's coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the channel drew acclaim and received renewed attention. The New York Times reported on 1 February 2011 that 1.6 million U.S. viewers had tuned in via Internet stream, and stated that new discussions were underway with carriers.[66] The following month, it was announced that Al Jazeera entered carriage negotiations with Comcast and Time Warner Cable.[67] Salon.com described the channel's English-language coverage as "mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the world-changing events currently happening in Egypt",[68] while Huffington Post contributor Jeff Jarvis claimed it was "un-American" for operators to not carry the network.[69] When Al Jazeera covered the Libyan civil war, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted an increasing American audience for the network, saying that "viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and—you know—arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which—you know—is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners."[70]

On 1 February 2011, Internet appliance Roku posted on its Facebook page that the English-Language Al Jazeera Live would be streaming on Roku devices through a private channel called Newscaster and also through the BBC channel. It permitted the announcement following unrest in Egypt so American viewers can watch the latest events going on in the Middle East. A Roku user must add the private channel Newscaster from the Roku website.[71]

On 1 August 2011, Al Jazeera English began airing 23 hours a day in New York City as part of a sublet agreement with cable channel RISE, a former Spanish-language network, which is carried on WRNN-TV's DT2 subchannel (the other hours are used to meet FCC E/I and local programming guidelines). The network airs on Time Warner Cable on channel 92 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 481.[72]

On 2 January 2013, Al Jazeera announced that it had acquired the U.S.-based cable TV channel Current TV for a reported $500 million. With this acquisition, Al Jazeera will launch a new channel, to be called Al Jazeera America, with a heavy dose of U.S. domestic news, to an estimated 40 million U.S. households—putting it in direct competition with CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

Due to contracts with U.S. cable and satellite carriers for Al Jazeera America the Al Jazeera English live stream was blocked in the United States on August 18, 2013. And with the launch of Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English was pulled from all US services carrying or providing the channel and is no longer available in the United States. Some Al Jazeera English programmes shown on Al Jazeera America include Newshour, Listening Post, Al Jazeera Correspondent, 101 East, Earthrise, Witness and Faultline.

Criticism

As with Al Jazeera's Arabic counterpart, the network has received criticism from having bias from several sides.

Anti-American bias

Al-Jazeera English has frequently been criticized for having an anti-American bias, although some commentators have asserted that this has been lessening over time.

Emmy award winning journalist Dave Marash, who served as a veteran correspondent for ABC's Nightline, resigned from his position as Washington anchor for Al Jazeera English in 2008. Marash cited "reflexive adversarial editorial stance" against Americans and "anti-American bias".[73][74]

It is often unclear whether recent discussions of anti-American bias at Al Jazeera are referring also to Al Jazeera English or only to Al Jazeera's Arabic-language channel. There are significant differences in tone between the English and Arabic-language channels. (According to bilingual Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab, "The English channel uses more neutral terminology; the Arab channel is much harsher.")[75] An example of this is a 2011 claim by Bill O'Reilly that Al Jazeera is "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" and a subsequent defense of Al Jazeera against these claims made by former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash on the O'Reilly Factor.[75][76] Another example concerns statements by former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who in April 2004 denounced Al-Jazeera's Arabic-language coverage of the Iraq War as "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable," but took a more conciliatory tone in a 2011 interview for Frost Over The World, Al Jazeera English's news and public affairs program hosted by David Frost, praising the network as "an important means of communication in the world."[77]

On 12 October 2008, Al Jazeera English broadcast interviews with people attending a Sarah Palin United States presidential election rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, with interviewees making comments about Barack Obama such as "he regards white people as trash" and "I'm afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over". The report received over 2 million views on YouTube.[78] Following this the Washington Post ran an op-ed,[79] claiming the news channel was deliberately encouraging "anti-American sentiment overseas",[79] which was criticized by Al Jazeera as "a gratuitous and uninformed shot at Al Jazeera's motives", as the report was just one of "hundreds of hours of diverse coverage".[80] Criticism of an Anti-American bias has been dwindling as their coverage of the Arab Spring received wide acclaim and calls for the network to be added to U.S. television.[81]

Subsequent endeavours have been seen as tests by Al Jazeera to see whether it can get rid of the hostility Americans feel toward it. One example was a day's worth of special coverage marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.[82] Al Jazeera has also launched The Stream, a show based in Washington D.C. that discusses social media, which targets an American audience.[83][84] On 2 January 2013, Al Jazeera purchased the American channel Current TV and rebranded as Al Jazeera America in August 2013.[26]

Awards

2006

  • Association of International Broadcasters, Best Magazine or Documentary Programme, Abdallah el-Binni's "Prisoner 345"

2007

  • Asian Television Awards, Best News Report, Kylie Grey’s "Agent Orange"
  • Association of International Broadcasters, Editors Award, "Everywoman"

2008

  • Foreign Press Association, News Story of the Year by a full member, Jonah Hull's "Russia-Georgia War"
  • Association of International Broadcasters Editors Award, Sami Al Haj, suffering endured and courage shown
  • Amnesty International Media Awards Best International TV Documentary, Tony Birtley's "The Lost Tribe - Secret Army of the CIA"
  • YouTube European Partners Awards, Community Champion Award, Al Jazeera Network
  • The Golden Nymph Award for Best 24-Hour News Program at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The jurors singled out Nour Odeh, Al Jazeera's Gaza correspondent, for her bravery in reporting from the Gaza Strip. The station also received nominations in several other news categories, for example the Best News Documentary award for the report Inside Myanmar – The Crackdown[85]
  • CONCENTRA Award (2008), Breaking News, Tony Birtley’s "Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown"
  • Royal Television Society Journalism Awards, Young Journalist of the Year, Hamish Macdonald
  • Asian Television Awards, Best Current Affairs Programme, Tony Birtley’s "Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown"

2009

  • International Emmy Awards Nomination, Finalist in Documentary Category, "Shooting the Messenger"
  • International Emmy Awards Nomination, Finalist in News and Current Affairs, "Russia-Georgia War" and Witness’s "Return to Nablus"
  • Concentra Award for Breaking News, "Up the Irrawaddy Delta"
  • International Digital Emmy Award nominee non-fiction, 2008 US election special

2010

  • Association of International Broadcasters, Clearest Coverage of a Single News Event
  • Freesat Award, Best News Channel of the Year
  • Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Best Television News Item, "Mexico in the Crossfire"
  • Amnesty International Award, International Television and Radio Award, People and Power
  • CONCENTRA Award for Breaking News, Casey Kauffman’s "Baby Feras"

2011

  • Rory Peck Award, Best Feature, "Libya: Through the Fire"
  • Foreign Press Association, Documentary of the Year, "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"
  • Huffington Post Ultimate Media Gamechanger Award
  • Freesat Award, Best News Channel of the Year
  • Freesat Award, Coverage of a Single News Event, Al Jazeera’s Arab Awakening coverage
  • Arab British Culture and Society Award
  • Wincott Award for Best Television Coverage of a Business Issue, "Nablus: The Business of Occupation"
  • Columbia University Journalism Award
  • Promax Arabia Awards, Gold, Best in House Station Image
  • Promax Arabia Awards, Gold, Best Promo Campaign
  • Promax Arabia Awards, Gold, "Counting the Cost"
  • TIME magazine, Top 100 most influential people, Ayman Mohyeldin
  • Fast Company magazine, Most creative thinker of the year, Wadah Khanfar

2012

  • Webby People's Choice Award for News and Politics in the online film and video category, The Stream
  • Royal Television Society: News Channel for the Year Al Jazeera won the award from the Royal Television Society for the first time. In doing so, it beat BBC News and Sky News[86][87][88]
  • Royal Television Society: Most Innovative Programme, The Stream
  • George Polk Award for Television Documentary, "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[89]
  • The Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards, Freedom of Speech and Expression Medal
  • Alfred I DuPont Award, Best Documentary "Haiti: Six Months On"
  • 71st Annual Peabody Awards Al Jazeera English received one of the 71st Peabody Awards for its coverage of the Arab Spring[90]
  • Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards: Grand Prize and Award for International Television "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[91]
  • Scripps Howard Jack R. Howard Award for Television Reporting, "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[92]
  • Amnesty International Media Award for International Television and Radio "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[93]
  • Golden Nymph for the Best News Documentary at the 52nd Annual Monte Carlo TV Festival "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[94]
  • Cine Golden Eagle Award for investigative news documentary, "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"[95]

See also

Competitors

Further reading

  • Abdul-Mageed, MM, (2008) TripleC: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, 6(2), 59–76 Online News Sites and Journalism 2.0: Reader Comments on Al Jazeera Arabic Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, 10 April 2009
  • Abdul-Mageed, MM, and Herring, SC, (2008) In: F. Sudweeks, H. Hrachovec, and C. Ess (Eds.), Proceedings of Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication 2008 (CATaC'08), Nîmes, France, 24–27 June Arabic and English News Coverage on Al Jazeera.NET Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, 10 March 2008
  • Tatham Steve (2006), Losing Arab Hearts & Minds: The Coalition, Al-Jazeera & Muslim Public Opinion. Hurst & Co (UK), Front Street Press (US)

References

External links

  • Al Jazeera International Commissioning
  • AlJazeera.net - Official Al Jazeera Website
  • Media Blackout in Egypt and the U.S.: Al Jazeera Forced Off the Air by Mubarak, Telecommunications Companies Block Its Expansion in the United States Democracy Now, 1 February 2011
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