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Al Jazeera to broadcast in India

Al Jazeera English has been granted a license to broadcast in India for the first time.

The decision allows cable and satellite companies in India to add the channel to their line-up.

“This is an exciting breakthrough that has been in the works for several years, and we are extremely pleased that Al Jazeera English’s groundbreaking news and programming will soon be available in India,” Al Anstey, managing director of the channel, said.

“We know there is a great demand for our award-winning content. Through our dedicated resources in India, Al Jazeera is already presenting important stories from India to our global audience in more than 100 countries.

Diana Hosker, head of distribution for the region said: “With the prospect of reaching an estimated 115 million households in India, this important market will be significant as we continue to expand our global reach.”

Al Jazeera English currently has a bureau in New Delhi which has covered major stories of international significance including the Mumbai siege, the general elections, the Commonwealth Games, the impact of the global recession on India, and the visit to India of Barack Obama, the US president.

Anmol Saxena, Al Jazeera English’s bureau chief in New Delhi said: “With India’s increasing engagement in world affairs and strong interest in international events, we are certain that Al Jazeera English will have a substantial following throughout the country.”

Al Jazeera International announces the appointment of bureau chiefs for the channel’s news broadcast centres

Al Jazeera International, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel set to broadcast globally in early 2006, today announced the appointment of Trish Carter, Sue Phillips and Will Stebbins as bureau chiefs for the channel’s Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC news broadcast centres respectively.

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Trish Carter’s career includes high level positions as Head of Current Affairs, Head of News and Deputy Head of News and Current Affairs at Television New Zealand, Media Centre Manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Executive Editor and Programme Director at Newstalk ZB.

Sue Phillips is an experienced broadcast professional. Her career includes senior roles as London Bureau Chief for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Managing Director of News World International, and Senior Radio Producer and Senior Television Producer at CBC.

Will Stebbins joins the channel from Associated Press Television News (APTN) where he was Regional Editor, overseeing the management of all of APTN’s Latin American news. Stebbins is multi-lingual and brings to the station a wealth of broadcast experience from his previous roles as Regional Executive, APTN, Miami, Senior Producer, APTN, Havana, and Bureau Chief, Worldwide Television News, Cairo.

As bureau chiefs of the channels news broadcast centres, Carter, Phillips and Stebbins will be responsible for over-seeing the production of news and current affairs in their regions for Al Jazeera International: Australasia, Europe & Africa; and North & South Americas respectively.

Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, the channel will broadcast from its four news broadcast centres, strategically placed across the world, 24 hours a day. As the world’s first English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East, Al Jazeera International will broadcast from a unique position, from within the Arab World, looking outwards.

In addition, the station has also appointed a Bureau Chief for India, Anmol Saxena, in New Delhi who joins Al Jazeera International from APTN India, as well as Andrew Simmons, Bureau Chief Nairobi.

Speaking on the recent appointments, Nigel Parsons, Managing Director of Al Jazeera International said, “We have hand picked our bureau chiefs, and strategically placed our news broadcast centres across the globe, to ensure that our reporting will bring together a complete picture of world news and address the many perspectives of complex current affairs.”

“Our news reporting will uphold the strictest guiding principles of Accuracy, Impartiality and Objectivity, whilst being fearless in its reporting. On air, Al Jazeera International will be innovative and provocative, but above all we will earn viewer trust through the impact of Accuracy, Integrity and Speed,” added Director of News, Steve Clark.

With inclusive reporting, Al Jazeera International will build on the heritage of the Arabic language channel, revolutionising viewer choice by offering an alternative to traditional Western news media. Offering all perspectives of a story, the channel will provide a fresh approach to news coverage.


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