By P. Seib

Even though Al Jazeera English has but to obtain to obtain the eye accorded to its Arabic-language elder sibling, it truly is in lots of methods the extra fascinating of the 2. It seeks to redefine worldwide information assurance by way of concentrating on components which are normally missed by way of such a lot information organisations, and its power viewers is time and again higher than that of the Arabic channel. it will be the 1st booklet to entirely learn this channel's assurance equipment, results on its viewers, and its position on the planet of mediated geopolitics.Al Jazeera famous that if it used to be to extend its world wide effect, it might probably no longer achieve this fully in Arabic. And so, in 2006, it introduced Al Jazeera English, the 1st English-language information channel to be situated within the heart East. With its central broadcast facilities in Doha, Washington, London, and Kuala Lumpur, the channel confronted the duty of proving itself to be greater than a interest and only a junior model of the all-news English-language channels equivalent to the BBC or CNN. After numerous years of operation, Al Jazeera English turns out good on its approach to defining its position out there. The breadth of its assurance, relatively its emphasis on reporting from the worldwide South, has wonderful it from a lot of its opponents. Thorough assurance from the center East and from Africa offers a point of view that different significant satellite tv for pc channels have infrequently provided their audiences. first and foremost, Al Jazeera English was once to be had to eighty million cable and satellite tv for pc families. It used to be, even though, obtainable by way of just a small variety of audience within the usa (mainly these gaining access to it via a number of on-line companies) essentially due to political purposes. regardless of the political back-story could be, having access to a bigger international marketplace relies on viewers call for. If Al Jazeera English does a greater activity of protecting significant tales, fairly within the center East and the worldwide South, than different channels do, and if its opponents locate themselves announcing, "As Al Jazeera English mentioned this present day . . .," information shoppers will ultimately call for entry. This publication will research those political concerns and also will research the channel's viewers base, relatively in Africa and South Asia. The e-book also will provide reviews of Al Jazeera English's defining moments so far - its reporting throughout the 2008-2009 struggle in Gaza (written through Palestinian and Israeli scholars), and its insurance of the "Ground 0 Mosque" controversy in 2010. the amount also will reflect on Al Jazeera English within the context of public international relations and the transforming into value of diasporic populations.

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AJE is available free to air on the Galaxy 19 and Galaxy 23 C-band satellites. 12 Most Americans, however, don’t use satellite dishes to watch television. 14 The number of subscribers reached by these cable providers is relatively small. 15 Viewers can, however, watch it on the Web through AJE’s website, YouTube, and online broadcasters. 32 HUSSEIN AMIN Link TV, an award-winning satellite network provider based in San Francisco, airs the network 12 hours a day. 7 million people watch it at least once a week and keep watching for 45 minutes, either through the satellite broadcast or online.

25 Researchers Youmans and Brown cite the media advocacy group Accuracy in Media (AIM) and O’Reilly who have challenged AJE’s efforts to obtain distribution agreements with dominant cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner. AIM circulated an online petition asking cable companies to refuse to carry AJE due to what it called propagandistic content. Smaller, less radical groups have made similar calls for AJE broadcasts to be banned in various locations. S. S. 28 Despite these efforts to reposition itself as a quality global media network, many in the United States continued to look at Al Jazeera as a supporter of terrorism.

64. Author interview (telephone), March 25, 2011. 65. Ibid. 66. net (translated by BBC World Service), November 1, 2006. CH A P T ER 2 The Nature of the Channel’s Global Audience Hussein Amin Al Jazeera launched its international English-language news channel, Al Jazeera English (AJE), on November 15, 2006. Originally called Aljazeera International and broadcast to more than 80 million households worldwide, the channel became the world’s first English-language international news network to originate in the Middle East.

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