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No Home for Al Jazeera in North America

by Hannah Rogal 


Tags: Media, media criticism, Al-Jazeera English, Canada, the U.S., This,

Al JazeeraDespite Al-Jazeera’s international reputation for serious investigative reporting, the company's English-language station has yet to find a cable provider in either the U.S. or Canada. 

The Canadian magazine This comments that “Canada can no longer afford to shun the world’s first truly global news network—especially one that is both steered and shaped by Canada’s best and brightest.”  Al-Jazeera English is, after all, broadcast in more than 140 million households and in at least 100 countries. Why is North America so far behind?

Al-Jazeera isn’t giving up easily. “The network’s inability to secure cable providers in the U.S., and the highly politicized battles to undermine its effort for access across the continent, have left it embattled but not defeated.”

Only in Toledo, Ohio and Burlington, VT has Al-Jazeera English found a home with a cable provider, although not without opposition. When viewers in Burlington complained that the station is anti-American and anti-Semitic, town hall debates raged and Al-Jazeera was taken off the air.  Recognizing that the station offers “alternative” perspectives, the city council eventually reinstated the channel. 

In the United States you can catch up on Al-Jazeera's website or on Link TV.

Source: This (article not available online)

Image by Joi, licensed under Creative Commons.

 

alan_4
7/12/2009 7:48:27 PM

What is so special about Toledo Ohio??? is that the biggest percent of muslims? Local matters! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/childfreetown/


alison brooks
7/10/2009 1:47:13 PM

A little fact-checking should have uncovered this, copied from an article that appeared on July 2nd, 2009, on the website http://www.menassat.com: Cable viewers in the Washington DC area will finally be able to get Qatar-based Al Jazeera’s English language news channel. It’s the first major deal signed with an American cable TV company since the English version of Al Jazeera launched in the fall of 2006. By JACKSON ALLERS USA Aljazeera.jpg HOUSTON, July 2, 2009 (MENASSAT) – The English-language cousin of the Qatar based news channel Al Jazeera launched yesterday in the Washington D.C. area after signing its first major U.S. cable deal with non-commercial MHz Networks last week. The MHz deal means 2.3 million subscribers will now have access to the channel, adding to the 140 million households currently receiving Al Jazeera English worldwide. Al Jazeera English is available in 40 countries, including Israel, but it’s the first time Al Jazeera English (AJE) has entered such a large US market, generally acknowledged as the world's most important English-language cable market... The news has also been announced by Forbes, NPR and others. The full menassat.com article is available at this link: http://www.menassat.com/?q=en/news-articles/6746-al-jazeera-english-launches-first-major-us-cable-market