Al Jazeera appoints New Managing Director of Al Jazeera English

Press release
Published December 26th, 2010 - 04:12 GMT
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera Network is pleased to announce that Al Anstey has been appointed as Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, the award-winning international news channel that currently broadcasts to more than 100 countries around the world. In this role, Anstey will lead the channel in its next phase of evolution and will be responsible for overseeing its day-to-day operations across its 65 international bureaus.

Anstey brings with him extensive experience working within the Al Jazeera Network as well as valuable knowledge of the media industry through his work in the United Kingdom, India, Australia and the United States. Anstey was one of the founders of AJE and was a key member of the channel's start up team. He ran AJE's News Department after the launch of the channel in November 2006 until earlier this year when he took on the position of Director of Media Development for the Network. His appointment as Managing Director signifies Al Jazeera's continued commitment to positioning AJE as a global leader in international news and groundbreaking content.

"As Al Jazeera continues to grow, Al's achievements within the Network and his proven leadership style will help to ensure that Al Jazeera English solidifies its place as one of the world's most influential international news outlets," said Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera Network. "I'm confident that Al's experience in the newsroom at Al Jazeera English as well as his success in growing the Al Jazeera brand globally will further propel the channel in its mandate of journalism of depth in international news for our audiences across the world."

In his most recent role as Director of Media Development for the Network, Anstey made great progress in developing a strategy for distribution and new media while expanding AJE's reach worldwide. In his new position he will continue to oversee Media Development responsibilities.

Commenting on his appointment, Anstey stated: "I'm delighted to take on my new role in AJE, a channel that has gained international acclaim and worldwide recognition as an invaluable resource for international news. I look forward to working with my colleagues at Al Jazeera to build upon the many journalistic achievements and to grow the channel by expanding our resources around the world, breaking into new markets and exploring new platforms and technologies to bring our content to additional audiences."

Prior to joining Al Jazeera in 2006, Anstey served as Head of Foreign News at ITN in the United Kingdom after many years in the field as Senior Foreign Editor. He also ran ITN's American operations for two years after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Anstey started his career as a Producer at CBS News and then moved to the start-up of Reuters/GMTV as a Reporter and News Editor. He then joined APTN based in New Delhi and then Sydney, before taking on the position of Asia Editor with responsibility for APTN's bureaus and coverage in the region. 

Background Information

Al Jazeera Network

Al Jazeera started out more than fourteen years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation.

The Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Satellite (Arabic) channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.

Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, is headquartered in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The organisation is the world's first global English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. From this unique position, Al Jazeera English is destined to be the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events, balancing the current typical information flow by reporting from the developing world back to the West and from the southern to the northern hemisphere. The channel aims to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions.

With broadcasting centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC and supporting bureaux worldwide, the channel will set the news agenda, bridging cultures and providing a unique grassroots perspective from under-reported regions around the world to a potential global audience of over one billion English speakers. The station broadcasts news, current affairs, features, analysis, documentaries, live debates, entertainment, business and sport.

Building on Al Jazeera Arabic channel's ground breaking developments in the Arab and Muslim world that have changed the face of news within the Middle East, Al Jazeera English is part of a growing network that is now extending this fresh perspective from regional to global through accurate, impartial and objective reporting. 

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