Al Jazeera English, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week English-language international news service, announced today that it has began broadcasting in Canada today on Bell TV, Rogers and Vidéotron.
"We are extremely pleased that AJE's groundbreaking news and programming is now available in Canada, one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world." said Tony Burman, the Managing Director of AJE and a former Editor in Chief for CBC News.
Al Jazeera, which usually means "The Island" in Arabic but more commonly known in Gulf Arabic as "The Peninsula" – referring to the Qatar Peninsula in the Gulf region - is a television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Initially launched as Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel with the same name, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages, and in several regions of the world.
Al Jazeera English launched in November 2006, has more than 1,200 employees and now airs in more than 100 countries and is available in more than 190 million households worldwide.
Combined with the Al Jazeera Arabic service, it has 69 international news bureaus. AJE also said it would be opening a Canadian bureau based out of Toronto in June. Canadian-born journalist Imtiaz Tyab will join AJE as a Correspondent. Tyab was most recently a London-based reporter for BBC World television. Prior to that, he was Washington, DC correspondent for BBC News and World Service Radio.
During the first weeks of May, AJE says it will report throughout the country, presenting Canadian issues to an international audience. Some of the stories expected to air include: a feature on Canada's role in Afghanistan and a look at what Canada's departure in 2011 will mean for NATO; in-depth features on Canada's oil sands, including reports from Alberta on life at Fort McMurray and an examination of the environmental impact of the project; and a report from Winnipeg on how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings will impact the nation's aboriginal people.
AJE will be available to subscribers of Bell TV on channel 516, Rogers in Ontario on channel 176 and Vidéotron illico Digital TV on channel 173.
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