Al Jazeera English granted license to broadcast in India

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

Al Jazeera English, the award-winning 24-hour global news and current affairs channel, is pleased to announce that the channel has been granted a downlinking license to broadcast in India. The decision, which was made by India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, allows cable and satellite companies in India to add Al Jazeera English to their current line-up of channels.

The announcement from the Indian Government follows a formal application process by Al Jazeera English, which was initiated in 2006. Cable and satellite platforms will now be able to begin distributing the channel immediately, and Al Jazeera has already received indication from a number of providers that they will air the channel.

"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," said Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. "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. We are delighted that we now have the opportunity to present viewers in India with Al Jazeera English's in-depth coverage and rich context of today's most important global events."

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 President Barack Obama's visit to India. Additionally, Al Jazeera's reporting from India follows the Network's goals of presenting important stories that are too often overlooked by other mainstream media outlets.

Anmol Saxena, Al Jazeera English's Bureau Chief in New Delhi stated that "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." Diana Hosker, Head of Distribution for the region added: "We look forward to working closely with distribution platforms to bring the channel to India soon as possible. 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."

Since launching in 2006, Al Jazeera English has become a world leader in the coverage of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. With more than 65 news bureaus around the world, the majority of which are located in the Southern hemisphere, the channel's aim is to provide independent and impartial news for a global audience.

Al Jazeera English has more than 1000 employees worldwide, representing more than 50 nationalities. The channel is currently available in more than 100 countries, reaching more than 220 million households around the world, a number that will continue to grow as the channel expands throughout India. 

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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