Posts Tagged ‘Al Jazeera’

Al Jazeera to launch Children’s Channel in English

March 27, 2011

The Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) is planning to introduce an English-language station for broadcast outside the Arab world and will be available by the end of next year.

Mahmoud Bouneb, the executive general manager of JCC said that, they had an ambition to create an international feed for JCC that would benefit other markets, such as Asia and North America.

JCC also broadcasts Baraem TV a pre-school station owned by Qatar Foundation. The Arabic-language stations are accessible via the Arabsat, Nilesat and Hot Bird satellites across the Middle East and parts of Europe.

The Qatar Foundation owns a 90 per cent stake in JCC, while the news broadcaster Al Jazeera holds a small stake. The Qatar Foundation owns 100 per cent of Baraem TV.

Mahmoud Bouneb further said that, they were thinking probably by the end of 2012 because it takes a long time to prepare and to penetrate the market. They had so many requests from Asian countries to bring Al Jazeera in Arabic and to be dubbed in English.

Mr Bouneb added, The English-language version would mean greater content acquisition costs and if they add the English probably they had to pay three or four times more to acquire content. But he thought it was worth to try. Qatar Foundation was investing around US$110 million [Dh404m] to $120m a year.

Al Jazeera to expand reach to Turkey

March 2, 2011

Al Jazeera has decided to expand its reach further to Turkey by launching a Turkish news channel. Al Jazeera has offered Cine 5 television channel a whooping amount of $21 million to acquire the Turkish news channel.

On Monday, the bid by Al Jazeera was the only bid for Cine 5 television channel which had previously been seized by the government. It was the fifth time that the channel was auctioned yet Al Jazeera’s offer was just above half the appraisal rate of $40 million, decided by the Savings Deposit and Insurance Fund (SDIF) said a report in the Hurriyet Daily News.

Al Jazeera commences broadcast operations in Canada

June 8, 2010

Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English news channel headquartered in Doha, has begun with its broadcast operations in the state of Canada. The media group received the approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last November to commence its operations in the nation.

Being the world’s first global English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East, Al Jazeera English faced several protests over its allegedly being the mouthpiece of Arab groups. Thus, the channel was being restrained to be aired in Canada.

The Channel will set up its first bureau in Canada next month, thus becoming the first foreign channel to have a full-fledged bureau in this country. Al Jazeera English is to be headed by Canadian journalist Tony Burman as the Managing Director in the region and would be distributed by cable service providers Bell, Rogers and Videotron.

Currently Al Jazeera English is said to have over 70 bureaus worldwide with its broadcasting centres located at Kuala Lumpur, Doha, London and Washington. Besides, the channel aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions and looks to bridge cultures providing a unique grassroots perspective from under-reported regions around the world to a potential global audience of over one billion English speakers.

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel joins Arab Broadcast Union

February 2, 2008

DOHA • Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, the first Pan Arabic edutainment channel, has signed the membership agreement to the Arab States Broadcast Union (ASBU). This remarkable milestone came as a resolution of the Union 27th Ordinary Session of the General Assembly held in Tunis on January 11, 2008.

The membership signing ceremony took place during the visit of the Union’s delegation to JCC’s headquarter in Doha, between Salah El Dine Maaoui, ASBU Director General and Mahmoud Bouneb, Executive General Manager of JCC.

“Al Jazeera Children’s Channel’s membership to the Union is an added value to Arab children media. I believe that JCC has proven to be a considerable edutainment tool for children. We are certain that JCC will play a very active role at ASBU,” said Maaoui. Bouneb said: “We are pleased to join the ASBU. We hope the participation of the young and active Al Jazeera Children’s Channel brings forward and develops the children Arab media industry. Our main objective is to work hand in hand with ASBU in order to regulate the free to air stream of inappropriate content breaching our cultural boundaries and values, and reaching the minds of our families and children,” Bouneb added.