Al Jazeera English, the new 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel from the Qatar-based television network, has begun broadcasting from its main studios in Doha in high-definition format.
Al Jazeera English also has broadcast centres Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington.
In addition to the four broadcast centres, Al Jazeera English will have 20 supporting bureaux which will gather and produce news. It will share the resources of the Arabic language channel’s 42 bureaux and is planning to add further bureaux in the future.
The opening broadcast, which was expected to be available in 80 million households around the world, took place at 3pm Doha time (12:00 GMT) and featured a clip introducing the channel.
The channel has attracted some of the best known faces in international news from BBC, CNN, ABC and others.
In addition to cable and satellite, it will be available on broadband, IPTV, ADSL, terrestrial and mobile phone platforms.
Along with the launch of the new international channel, Al Jazeera’s English website got a much needed overhaul. The current design is much better and puts more focus on the content.
I caught the news on Al Jazeera English today on my lunch break, and first impression speaking, it’s looking pretty good up to now.
For more info on Al Jazeera English, it’s programme, presenters …etc; check the Press Office.
[Site: Al Jazeera English]