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Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English
Launched 15 November 2006
Network Al Jazeera
Owned by Al Jazeera Media Network
Picture format HDTV 1080i25
Audience share UK:
0.08% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Slogan "Setting The News Agenda"
"Every Story, Every Side"
"Hear The Human Story"
Country Qatar
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Sister channel(s) Al Jazeera Arabic
Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera Balkans
Al Jazeera Turk
Website Al Jazeera English[note 1]
Freeview UK
Channel 108 (HD)
Channel 133
Freeview|HD (New Zealand) Channel 16
Tata Sky (India) Channel 533
Dish TV (India) Channel 618
Astra 2F
12633 H 22000 5/6
TVB Network Vision
(Hong Kong)
Channel 92
Galaxy 19
(North America)
12152 H / 20000 / 3/4
Hispasat 1C
(Europe/North Africa)
12092 V / 27500 / 3/4
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13A
11034 V / 27500 / 3/4
Nilesat 101
(North Africa/Middle East)
12015 V / 27500 / 3/4
Optus C1
(Southeast Asia/Australia)
12367 V / 27800 / 3/4
PID: video=1121, audio=1122
Intelsat 9
3840 H / 27690 / 7/8
Intelsat 10
(Eastern Hemisphere)
4064 H / 19850 / 7/8
Thor 3
(NE Europe)
12398 H / 28000 / 7/8
Channel 513
Channel 331
AsiaSat 3S
(Asia/Middle East/Australia)
3760 H / 26000 / 7/8
Astra 1KR
11508 V / 22000 / 5/6
Bell TV
Channel 516
Channel 651
Channel 108
Digital+ Channel 79
Digiturk Channel 144
Globecast Channel 463 (FTA)
MEO Channel 205
Channel 203
(UK & Ireland)
Channel 514
SKY Italia Channel 532
TPS Channel 330
Turksat 2A
12139 H / 2222 / 3/4
TV Vlaanderen Channel 54
Cignal Digital TV
Channel 47
Virgin Media (UK)
Channel 622
Cable Star Iloilo
Channel 55
Cable TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 68
Channel 152 (digital CH-D)
Channel 241
Channel 506
First Media
Channel 252
Full Channel Channel 168
Destiny Cable
Channel 22 (Analog)
Channel 151 (Digital)
Kabel BW
Channel 842
Numericable Channel 64
Parasat Cable TV
Channel 98
Rogers Cable
Channel 176
Royal Cable Channel 65
Qatar Cable UNKNOWN
Shaw Exo TV
Channel 513
Clix SmarTV Channel 97
Club Internet Channel 59
Elion Channel 66
Free Channel 85
(Hong Kong)
Channel 735
Neuf TV Channel 47
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 325
Movistar TV Channel 136
Hypp.TV Channel 2001
MEO Channel 205
Bell Fibe TV
Channel 516
Channel 116
Fetch TV
Channel 187
Channel 412
Optik TV
Channel 825
Channel 40
Streaming media
Al Jazeera Watch (Free, 56 Kbit/s)(Geo-Blocked in the United States)
iWanTV! (Philippines) Watch (Premium)
JumpTV Watch (Subscription)
FilmOn Watch live (doesn't work with a US IP address)
Livestation Watch (Free, 502 Kbit/s)
Real Watch (Free)
TVCatchup Watch live (UK only) Alpha Watch (Subscription)
YouTube Watch (Live stream and video segments) (Geo-Blocked in the United States)
Zattoo Watch (Where available)
The Feed Watch (Works in U.S.)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

Al Jazeera English (AJE) is an international state-funded 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV channel owned and operated by Al Jazeera Media Network, which is headquartered in Doha, Qatar.

It is a sister channel of the U.S.-based English-language channel Al Jazeera America (AJAM), the Bosnia and Herzegovina-based multi-language Al Jazeera Balkans, and the original, Arabic-language, Al Jazeera (sometimes referred to as Al Jazeera Arabic). The station broadcasts news features and analysis, documentaries, live debates, current affairs, business, technology, and sports, and claims to be the first global high-definition television network.[1] Al Jazeera English is the world's first English-language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East.[2] The channel aims to provide both a regional voice and a global perspective for a potential world audience of over one billion English speakers who do not share the Anglo-American worldview.[3]

Instead of being run under one central command, news management rotates between broadcasting centers in Doha and London. At its launch, the station actually had four news centres in the world, in: Washington, D.C., London, Doha, and Kuala Lumpur. Complete news bulletins from Kuala Lumpur stopped on 30 September 2010 and from Washington DC on 28 January 2011; they were replaced by news from Doha. All news inserts from Kuala Lumpur ceased in early 2011 and from Washington DC they ceased on 15 April 2012. By contrast, Al Jazeera English is one of the few global media outlets to maintain an agency in Gaza, and in Harare.

The network's stated objective is "to give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions."[4]


  • Philosophy 1
  • Launch and reach 2
    • Al Jazeera America / United States 2.1
    • Al Jazeera UK / Europe 2.2
  • Programmes 3
    • Former programmes 3.1
  • International bureaus 4
    • Middle East and the Maghreb 4.1
    • Sub-Saharan Africa 4.2
    • Europe 4.3
    • The Americas 4.4
    • Asia-Pacific 4.5
      • North East Asia 4.5.1
      • ASEAN region 4.5.2
      • Australasia 4.5.3
  • Staff 5
    • Management 5.1
    • On-air staff 5.2
      • Current 5.2.1
      • Key 5.2.2
    • Former presenters and correspondents 5.3
      • Now with Al Jazeera America 5.3.1
      • With other Al Jazeera Media Network outlets 5.3.2
      • Other presenters and correspondents 5.3.3
    • Recruitment 5.4
    • Al Jazeera Investigative Unit 5.5
  • Availability 6
    • Europe 6.1
    • Oceania 6.2
    • Asia 6.3
    • Americas 6.4
  • Criticism 7
    • Anti-American bias 7.1
  • Awards 8
  • See also 9
  • Further reading 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Al Jazeera English has stated objectives of emphasizing news from the developing world, of "reversing the North to South flow of information" and of "setting the news agenda" (also the channel's slogan). Some observers, including media scholar

Launch and reach

The channel was launched on 15 November 2006 at 12:00 GMT (19:00 WIB). It had aimed to begin global broadcasting in June 2006 but had to postpone its launch because its HDTV technology was not ready.[8][9] The channel was due to be called Al Jazeera International, but the name was changed nine months before the launch because "one of the Qatar-based channel's backers decided that the broadcaster already had an international scope with its original Arabic outlet".[10]

The channel had expected to reach around 40 million households, but it far exceeded that launch target, reaching 80 million homes.[11] As of 2009, Al Jazeera's English-language service can be viewed in every major European market and is available to 130 million homes in over 100 countries via cable and satellite, according to Molly Conroy, a spokeswoman for the network in Washington.[12]

The channel is noted for its poor penetration in the American market, where it was carried by only one satellite service and a small number of cable networks.[13] Al Jazeera English later began a campaign to enter the North American market, including a dedicated website.[14] It became available to some cable subscribers in New York in August 2011, having previously been available as an option for some viewers in Washington DC, Ohio and Los Angeles.[15] It is readily available on most major Canadian television providers including Rogers and Bell TV after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved the channel for distribution in Canada on 26 November 2009.[16][17]

Al Jazeera English and Iran's state-run Press TV were the only international English-language television broadcasters with journalists reporting from inside both Gaza and Israel during the 2008–2009 Israel-Gaza conflict. Foreign press access to Gaza has been limited via either Egypt or Israel. However, Al Jazeera's reporters Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros were already inside Gaza when the conflict began and the network's coverage was often compared to CNN's initial coverage from inside Baghdad in the early days of the 1991 Gulf War.[18][19][20]

The channel may also be viewed online. It recommends online viewing either via Livestation, a free site, at its own website[21] or at its channel on YouTube.[22] Al Jazeera English HD launched in the United Kingdom on Freeview on 26 November 2013, and began steaming in HD on YouTube in 2015.

Al Jazeera America / United States

On 3 January 2013, Al Jazeera Media Network announced that it had purchased Current TV in the United States and would be launching an American news channel. 60% of the channel's programming would be produced in America while 40% would be from Al Jazeera English.[23][24][25][26] That was later changed at the request of the cable and satellite providers to almost 100% American programing.[27] Regardless Al Jazeera America maintains a close working relationship with Al Jazeera English. The channel airs Newshour in the morning and midday hours and will cut to live Al Jazeera English coverage of large breaking international news stories outside of that. Al Jazeera English programmes Witness, Earthrise, Listening Post, Talk To Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Corespondent and 101 East along with Al Jazeera Investigates regularly air on Al Jazeera America.

Al Jazeera UK / Europe

In 2014, Al Jazeera moved its UK London operations including its newsroom, studios and shows from Knightsbridge to its new space on floor 16 of The Shard.[28] The last day of broadcasting from the Knightsbridge studios was September, 12th 2014.[29] The grand opening of the new Shard hub was on November 3, 2014 with the first Newshour broadcast on October 10, 2014.[30]

The new facility is capable of running an entire channel, independent from the other hubs. The London Shard hub is the second biggest hub in the Al Jazeera network, after Doha.[31]

In 2013 Al Jazeera Media Network began the planning stages of a new channel called Al Jazeera UK. If launched, the British channel would broadcast for five hours during prime time as cut-in UK content aired on Al Jazeera English.[32] It would in effect function much like RT UK and RT America does in the United States.


In addition to those listed below, Al Jazeera English runs various programmes that are either entirely non-recurrent or consist of just a limited number of parts (miniseries format known as special series). All programmes, including former shows are shown in their entirety on Al Jazeera's website and YouTube. Current programmes on the channel are:[33][34]

  • 101 East — the weekly documentary series for issues of particular importance in Asia. Presenters or hosts have included Teymoor Nabili and Fauziah Ibrahim
  • Al Jazeera Investigates — documentaries arising from the work of the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit.
  • The Café — a discussion programme, hosted by Mehdi Hasan.
  • Counting the Cost — the weekly look at business and finance.[35] Hosted by Kamahl Santamaria.
  • Empire — a monthly programme exploring global powers and their policies. A discussion with host Marwan Bishara and his guests[36]
  • Josh Rushing, Sebastian Walker, Wab Kinew and formerly by Zeina Awad. It is produced by Al Jazeera America.
  • The Frost Interview (previously Frost Over The World) — this was hosted by David Frost. Frost died in 2013, and show still aired posthumously with the family's consent.
  • Inside Story — the daily investigation and analysis of a topical issue, with the aid of three guests from within and without the country in question. Jane Dutton and Shiulie Ghosh are regular hosts, but most of the Doha-based news-presenters have also taken the chair, including: Dareen Abughaida, Stephen Cole, Adrian Finighan, David Foster, Divya Gopalan, Veronica Pedrosa, Kamahl Santamaria, Folly Bah Thibault.
  • Richard Gizbert.
  • News:
    • World news live from Al Jazeera's Doha broadcast centre
    • World news live from Al Jazeera's London broadcast centre
    • Newshour — an hour of world news and sport hosted from both of Al Jazeera's broadcast centres.
  • People & Power — a biweekly programme, originally hosted by Dr. Shereen El Feki.
  • The Stream — a discussion programme focused on social media, daily from Monday to Thursday. Hosted by Femi Oke and Malika Bilal, usually with one guest in the studio and a couple on Skype. An issue, itself often viewer-generated, is discussed by the team and viewers can contribute with comments on Twitter or Facebook, with some occasionally invited to join in on Skype.
  • Talk to Al Jazeera — extended studio interviews with people of influence from around the world:
  • Witness — the daily documentary-slot for films by the best of the world's independent film-makers. The strand aims to shine a light on the events and people long-forgotten by the global media and on those which never merited a mention in the first place.
  • TechKnow — weekly show showcasing bright spots and innovations in the world of science and technology in the United States and how they are changing lives. Segments are recorded in the field by a group of young, tech-savvy contributors with diverse backgrounds in science and technology. The show is hosted by Phil Torres and co-hosted depending on the episode by Cara Santa Maria. Presented from Los Angeles, it is produced by Al Jazeera America.
  • The Fabulous Picture Show — hosted by Amanda Palmer, offers some interviews and reports on movies, actors and directors.

Former programmes

These include programmes that have not had a new episode announced since 2011.

  • 48 — weekly show hosted by Teymoor Nabili; Asian politics, business and current affairs
  • Everywoman — hosted by Shiulie Ghosh
  • Inside Iraq — coverage of the Iraq War, hosted by Jasim Al-Azzawi
  • Riz Khan — daily (Mon-Thu) viewer participation show, hosted by Riz Khan. Similar to CNN's Larry King Live
    • Riz Khan One on One — Riz Khan sits down with a single guest for an extended interview
  • Africa Investigates — African journalists risk their lives in order to reveal the truth about corruption and abuse across the continent
  • Sportsworld — a daily sports programme hosted on rotation by members of Al Jazeera's sports team
  • Inside Story America — version of Inside Story focused on the United States.

International bureaus

In addition to its four main broadcast centres, Al Jazeera English itself has 21 supporting bureaux around the world which gather and produce news. It also shares resources with its Arabic-language sister channel's 42 bureaus, Al Jazeera America's 12 bureau, Al Jazeera Balkan's bureaus and Al Jazeera Turk's bureau for a grand total of 83 bureaus and is planning to add further bureaus, to be announced as they open.[37] After it began broadcasting in Canada in May 2010, the network announced plans to open a Canadian bureau office in June 2010 in Toronto.[38][39] This is a significant difference from the present trend:

"The mainstream American networks have cut their bureaus to the bone.... They’re basically only in London now. Even CNN has pulled back. I remember in the '80s when I covered these events there would be a truckload of American journalists and crews and editors and now Al Jazeera outnumbers them all.... That's where, in the absence of alternatives, Al Jazeera English can fill a vacuum, simply because we’re going in the opposite direction."
-Tony Burman, Former Managing Director, AJE (quoted in Adbusters)[40]

Also Al Jazeera presenters can alternate between broadcast centres. Al Jazeera also shares English-speaking correspondents with Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera Turk and Al Jazeera Balkans and vice versa.

Doha broadcast studio in use, November 2011

Middle East and the Maghreb

Broadcast Centre: Doha: Al Jazeera English Headquarters

Anchors: Jane Dutton, Adrian Finighan, Martine Dennis, Fauziah Ibrahim, Folly Bah Thibault, Dareen Abughaida, Shiulie Ghosh, Divya Gopalan, Darren Jordon, Rob Matheson, Kamahl Santamaria, Shakuntala Santhiran, Sherine Tadros, Veronica Pedrosa
Sports Desk: Andy Richardson

Weather Team: Richard Angwin, Everton Fox, Steff Gaulter

Correspondents & Reporters: Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Zeina Khodr (Lebanon), Sebastian Walker (Libya) (&: presenter), Jamal Elshayyal (&: host), Clayton Swisher (AJ.IU); Dorothy Parvaz

Countries and Bureaus:


The Al Jazeera bureaus in Egypt were one of the very first targets for the Armed Forces, when they took back power through the putsch against the elected government. The studios and offices themselves were ransacked and the journalists and their teams were taken into custody.

The journalists for Al Jazeera English, Wayne Hay and his colleagues, were soon expelled, as the groundless detention of Western journalists undermined the notion both that the putsch was democratic in aspiration plus that it had the support of the people, as should have been reflected in interviews with the crowds. The journalists from the Arabic-language service, Al Jazeera ('Al Jazeera Arabic'), several of whom are themselves Egyptian, were until June 2014 with the release of Abdullah Elshamy being detained without cause.

As a result, Al Jazeera English sent in new journalists, rotated periodically. They were not named, in order to make it harder for the putschists - 'the interim government' - to identify them and detain them, and were addressed as either 'Our Correspondent' or 'Our Special Correspondent'.

Al Jazeera English Journalists Egyptian Detainment

Beginning in October 2013, a number of correspondents again reported from the country openly until December 2013 when three Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Al Jazeera Media Network in Egypt following the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état and the shutdown in Egypt of Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr.

The crew has had court trials that have been adjourned over 10 times where questionable evidence including video from other news organizations claimed to be from Al Jazeera English, inaudible audio recordings, pictures from a family vacation, a music video and video of sheep had been presented as evidence.[41] The trial has been called out by free press groups and rights groups as a sham. The former Cairo Bureau chief from Al Jazeera English now works for sister channel Twitter and social media campaign #FreeAJStaff. The campaign included moments of silence while holding the hashtag as well as protesting at Egyptian embassies in various countries among other things. Calls from the United Nations, European Union and the United States for the journalists to be released were ignored.

On 23 June 2014 in a shocking ruling the journalists were found guilty. Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to 7 years in prison while Muhammad was sentenced to 10 years. The ruling sparked outrage among fellow journalists including those at BBC, CNN, ABC Australia and most other major news outlets along with world leaders from Australia, Canada, The United States, United Nations, Switzerland and the United Kingdom primarily because they were found guilty based on no actual evidence in a case that has been deemed politically motivated and also because the ruling was seen as an attack on press freedom. The response was especially negative on the part of United States Secretary of State John Kerry who a day earlier was in Egypt and was made a promise of press freedom by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The ruling has resulted in many negative stories in print, online and on television by various news outlets around the world calling the Egyptian justice system a kangaroo court and calling the Egyptian government authoritarian.[42][43]

There were various calls for amnesty, clemancy and pardons by various governments and news agencies all of which were declined by the Egyptian government who claimed that their justice system was independent and to respect the courts decision and stay out of Egyptian affairs.[44] There are also calls for the United States to end or hold funding for the Egyptian military in response to the case. Attempts to free the journalists are still ongoing. Peter Greste was released from prison and deported back to Australia on 1 February 2015.[45]

On 29 August 2015, Fahmy, Greste and Mohamed were sentenced to 3 years in prison in a decision heavily criticized internationally.[46] The Government of Canada worked to have Fahmy pardoned and deported.[47] On 23 September 2015, Fahmy and Mohamed were Pardoned by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi along with 100 other people and released from Prison.[48]

Sub-Saharan Africa

Correspondents: Peter Greste, Haru Mutasa, Andrew Simmons; Yvonne Ndege (West Africa)

Countries and Bureaus:

The Shard, Home to Al Jazeera English's London hub


Broadcast Centre: London: The Shard

Anchors: Felicity Barr, Julie MacDonald, Maryam Nemazee, Barbara Serra, Lauren Taylor

Programme Host: Richard Gizbert

Correspondents & Reporters: Barnaby Phillips, David Chater, Phil Lavelle, Anita McNaught, Jacky Rowland, Neave Barker, Robin Forestier-Walker

Countries and Bureaus:
Istanbul (Turkey): Anita McNaught

Newseum, Home to Al Jazeera English / America's Washington D.C. hub

The Americas

Broadcast Centre: Washington, D.C.: Newseum New York is the headquarters of the sister channel: Al Jazeera America. This station obviously has an extensive network of bureaus and correspondents within the United States, many of whom will also appear on Al Jazeera English.

Programme Hosts: Femi Oke & Malika Bilal, Mehdi Hasan and Josh Rushing, Sebastian Walker & Wab Kinew

Countries and Correspodents:
North America:

New York (NY) AJAM: Roxana Saberi
US Sports-correspondents: John Henry Smith
Washington D.C. [DC] Bx.: Shihab Rattansi, Alan Fisher, Casey Kauffman
San Francisco [Ca] Bx.: AJAM: Melissa Chan, Jacob Ward (science & technology)
Buenos Aires Bx.: (Argentina): Lucia Newman



Correspondents: Verónica Pedrosa (Thailand, &: news-presenter/host), Step Vaessen (Indonesia), Jennifer Glasse, Rob Reynolds (Bangladesh), Steve Chao, Shamim Chowdhury

Countries and Correspondents:
South Asia:
Dhaka (Bangladesh): Rob Reynolds
Beijing (China): Adrian Brown
Bangkok (Thailand): Veronica Pedrosa
Jakarta (Indonesia): Step Vaessen

Bureaus: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AJMN Asia-Pacific headquarters)

North East Asia

ASEAN region


Al Jazeera English's longtime China correspondent Melissa Chan was expelled from the country in 2012. The Chinese government did not provide any public reasons but was known to have been unhappy over a documentary the channel had aired on China's prison system.[49][50][51] On 8 May 2012, reporters from the Beijing press corps asked about the expulsion at the Chinese Foreign Ministry's daily press briefing. Officials did not provide an explanation, and censored most of the questions when they published their official transcript.[52] Chan now works at Al Jazeera America.



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On-air staff

In common with most broadcasters, Al Jazeera English uses a combination of full-time 'staffers' and local freelancers. So long as the journalists are appearing - or are providing credited commentaries - regularly on-air, no distinction has been made as to their contractual arrangements. However, those who have received a recent on-air profile and whose names therefore appear in bold, may well be assumed to be on the staff.


On-air staff currently working for the station (previous employer in brackets) include:[53]


People & Power:

Al Jazeera Media Network correspondents also appearing on AJ.E


AJ.IU – Al Jazeera Investigative Unit

Names in Bold – subject, in 2013, of an on-air Al-Jazeera 'Profile', or puff; in the case of the programme hosts, this is in conjunction with a plug for the strand itself.

Former presenters and correspondents

Former Al Jazeera English presenters and correspondents still within the network on other channels

Now with Al Jazeera America

With other Al Jazeera Media Network outlets

Other presenters and correspondents

Those who have retired, died, left, or resigned from Al Jazeera Media Network completely.


Al Jazeera English Newsroom

The late veteran British broadcaster David Frost joined Al Jazeera English in 2005[55] to host his show Frost Over the World.

Former BBC and CNN anchor Riz Khan, who previously had been the host of the CNN talk show Q&A, also joined. He hosts his shows Riz Khan and Riz Khan's One on One.

Former [57] Rushing worked from the Washington DC broadcasting centre until the formation of Al Jazeera America, he now works from AJAM's San Francisco hub.

Former CNN and BBC news anchorwoman and award winning journalist Veronica Pedrosa also joined the team,[58] along with CNN producer James Wright, and Kieran Baker, a former editor and producer for CNN, who had been Acting General Manager, Communications and Public Participation for ICANN. On 2 December 2005, Stephen Cole, a senior anchor on BBC World and Click Online presenter, announced he was joining Al Jazeera International.[59]

The network announced on 12 January 2006 that former Nightline correspondent Dave Marash would be the co-anchor from their Washington studio. Marash described his new position as "the most interesting job on Earth."[60] On 6 February 2006, it was announced that the former BBC reporter Rageh Omaar would host the weeknight documentary series, Witness.[61]

The managing director for Al Jazeera English was previously Tony Burman, who replaced Nigel Parsons in May 2008.[62] The current Managing Director is Al Anstey.

In mid 2014 Al Jazeera English froze employment of both permanent and freelance staff for its Qatar network and cut freelance pay rates by 30-40% with out warning, while at the same time Al Jazeera lodged a $150m claim for compensation against Egypt, arguing that by arresting and attacking Al Jazeera journalists, seizing the broadcaster’s property and jamming its signal, arguing that the Egyptian government has violated its rights as a foreign investor in the country and put the $90m it has invested in Egypt since 2001 at risk.

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit

Formed in 2010, in its own words: the role of Al Jazeera Investigations is not to report the news, but to make the news.

The Unit, also known as 'the Investigations Team' or, simply, 'Al Jazeera Investigations' is based at the Network headquarters in Doha, but also has representation in London, Washington, DC and San Francisco. The unit is an Al Jazeera Media Network asset and its reports will appear equally on the other channels, tailored appropriately for the relevant language and audience.

The Unit's investigations resulted, amongst others, in the documentary What Killed Arafat? This film won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2013, the Arafat findings were indeed reported as a news-item on other networks. The documentaries are often presented under their own strand, as: Al Jazeera Investigates. It will reveal secrets and expose truths surrounded by silence.

The original Unit chief was Ahmad Ibrahim, but the current Manager of Investigative Journalism for the Al Jazeera Media Network is Clayton Swisher. Other leading figures include: Ed Pound, Karen Wightman, Trevor Aaronson, Frank Bass, Josh Bernstein, Simon Boazman, Will Jordan, Phil Rees, Ken Silverstein. At its launch, the unit had three separate teams.


The channel is available in many countries,[63] mostly via satellite, sometimes via cable. The channel is also available online.[64] Al Jazeera English provides a free HD stream on its website for unlimited viewing.[21] It is available free worldwide. They also provide a free stream on their YouTube page.[22] It can also be streamed in lower quality live worldwide for free through Livestation. Previously, before Al Jazeera provided an official stream, a low quality RealVideo stream was available for viewing. Al Jazeera news segments are frequently included on the American public television program Worldfocus. Al Jazeera can also be streamed on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a 3G or wifi connection using a free application.

Along with a free unlimited high-quality stream on the official Al Jazeera English website, Online subscriptions allowing unlimited viewing may be purchased from Jump TV,[65] RealPlayer,[66] and VDC.[67] Headlines from Al-Jazeera English are available on Twitter.[68]

Al Jazeera English's website also contains news reports and full episodes of their programs that can be viewed for free on their website. The videos are hosted by YouTube, where viewers can also go to find the videos.[69][70]


Al Jazeera English is available in the UK and Ireland on Freeview channel 133 and in HD on channel 108, Sky channel 514, Freesat channel 203 and Virgin Media channel 622.

The channel initially began test streaming Al Jazeera English (then called "Al Jazeera International") in March 2006 on Hot Bird, Astra 1E, Hispasat, AsiaSat3S, Eutelsat 28A and Panamsat PAS 10. Telenors Thor, Türksat and Eutelsat 25A were added to the satellites carrying it. Eutelsat 28A carried the test stream on frequency 11.681 under the name "AJI".


In New Zealand, Al Jareera English is available 24 hours a day on the Korida operated free-to-air DVB-T terrestrial network since October 2013. Prior to the December 2012 analog switchoff Triangle TV re-broadcast various Al Jazeera programmes in Auckland on its free-to-air UHF channel. TV One was going to replace BBC World with this service during their off-air hours of 01:30 to 06:00 from 1 April 2013, however opted to run infomercials instead.


In April 2010, Al Jazeera English was taken off air in mio TV Singapore with unspecified reasons, according to the official Al Jazeera English website.

On 7 December 2010, Al Jazeera said its English language service has got a downlink license to broadcast in India. Satellite and cable companies would therefore be allowed to broadcast Al Jazeera in the country.[71] The channel launched on Dish TV in November 2011,[72] and is considering a Hindi-language channel.[73]


On 26 November 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved "a request to add Al Jazeera English (AJE) to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis and amends the lists of eligible satellite services accordingly."[16][17] Al Jazeera English became available on Rogers Cable, Videotron and Bell TV on 4 May 2010.[38]

Al Jazeera English's coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution led to calls for the channel to be aired in the U.S.

Al Jazeera English is available via satellite across all of North America administration of "anti-American bias" in the channel.[77]

With Al Jazeera's coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the channel drew acclaim and received renewed attention. The New York Times reported on 1 February 2011 that 1.6 million U.S. viewers had tuned in via Internet stream, and stated that new discussions were underway with carriers.[78] The following month, it was announced that Al Jazeera entered carriage negotiations with Comcast and Time Warner Cable.[79] described the channel's English-language coverage as "mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the world-changing events currently happening in Egypt",[80] while Huffington Post contributor Jeff Jarvis claimed it was "un-American" for operators to not carry the network.[81] When Al Jazeera covered the Libyan Civil War, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted an increasing American audience for the network, saying that "viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and—you know—arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which—you know—is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners."[82]

On 1 February 2011, Internet appliance Roku posted on its Facebook page that the English-language Al Jazeera Live would be streaming on Roku devices through a private channel called Newscaster and also through the BBC channel. It permitted the announcement following unrest in Egypt so American viewers can watch the latest events going on in the Middle East. A Roku user must add the private channel Newscaster from the Roku website.[83]

On 1 August 2011, Al Jazeera English began airing 23 hours a day in New York City as part of a sublet agreement with cable channel RISE, a former Spanish-language network, which is carried on WRNN-TV's DT2 subchannel (the other hours were used to meet FCC E/I and local programming guidelines). The network aired on Time Warner Cable on channel 92 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 481.[84]

On 2 January 2013, Al Jazeera announced that it had acquired the U.S.-based cable TV channel Current TV for a reported $500 million. With this acquisition, Al Jazeera launched a new channel, called Al Jazeera America, with a heavy dose of U.S. domestic news along with Al Jazeera English programming and news, to an estimated 40 million U.S. households—putting it in direct competition with CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

Due to contracts with U.S. cable and satellite carriers for Al Jazeera America the official Al Jazeera English live stream was censored in the United States on 18 August 2013. With the launch of Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English was censored on all US services carrying or providing the channel, including YouTube, with Al Jazeera America material replacing all Al Jazeera English video content and live streams. Most Al Jazeera English video content is no longer officially available in the United States.

In April, 2014 the Al Jazeera English show Empire was uncensored in the United States. Shortly after the programs Indian Hospital, Viewfinder, Lifelines and Head to Head were uncensored. These programs are currently the only AJE shows officially uncensored for American viewing.


As with Al Jazeera's Arabic counterpart, the network has received criticism from having bias from several sides.

Anti-American bias

Al-Jazeera English has frequently been criticized for having an anti-American bias, although some commentators have asserted that this has been lessened over time.

Emmy award winning journalist Dave Marash, who served as a veteran correspondent for ABC's Nightline, resigned from his position as Washington anchor for Al Jazeera English in 2008. Marash cited "reflexive adversarial editorial stance" against Americans and "anti-American bias".[85][86]

It is often unclear whether recent discussions of anti-American bias at Al Jazeera are referring also to Al Jazeera English or only to Al Jazeera's Arabic-language channel. There are significant differences in tone between the English and Arabic-language channels. (According to bilingual Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab, "The English channel uses more neutral terminology; the Arab channel is much harsher.")[87] An example of this is a 2011 claim by Bill O'Reilly that Al Jazeera is "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" and a subsequent defense of Al Jazeera against these claims made by former Al Jazeera English anchor Dave Marash on the O'Reilly Factor.[87][88] Another example concerns statements by former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who in April 2004 denounced Al-Jazeera's Arabic-language coverage of the Iraq War as "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable," but took a more conciliatory tone in a 2011 interview for Frost Over The World, Al Jazeera English's news and public affairs program hosted by David Frost, praising the network as "an important means of communication in the world."[89]

On 12 October 2008, Al Jazeera English broadcast interviews with people attending a Sarah Palin United States presidential election rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, with interviewees making comments about Barack Obama such as "he regards white people as trash" and "I'm afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over". The report received over 2 million views on YouTube.[90] Following this the Washington Post ran an op-ed,[91] claiming the news channel was deliberately encouraging "anti-American sentiment overseas",[91] which was criticized by Al Jazeera as "a gratuitous and uninformed shot at Al Jazeera's motives", as the report was just one of "hundreds of hours of diverse coverage".[92] Criticism of an Anti-American bias has been dwindling as their coverage of the Arab Spring received wide acclaim and calls for the network to be added to U.S. television.[93]

Subsequent endeavours have been seen as tests by Al Jazeera to see whether it can get rid of the hostility Americans feel toward it. One example was a day's worth of special coverage marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.[94] Al Jazeera has also launched The Stream, a show based in Washington D.C. that discusses social media, which targets an American audience.[95][96] On 2 January 2013, Al Jazeera purchased the American channel Current TV and rebranded as Al Jazeera America in August 2013.[25]


Since 2006, Al Jazeera English has won 45 prizes, medals and awards.

See also


Further reading

  • Abdul-Mageed, MM, (2008) TripleC: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, 6(2), 59–76 Online News Sites and Journalism 2.0: Reader Comments on Al Jazeera Arabic Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, 10 April 2009
  • Abdul-Mageed, MM, and Herring, SC, (2008) In: F. Sudweeks, H. Hrachovec, and C. Ess (Eds.), Proceedings of Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication 2008 (CATaC'08), Nîmes, France, 24–27 June Arabic and English News Coverage on Al Jazeera.NET Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, 10 March 2008
  • Philip Seib (ed.): Al Jazeera English. Global News in a Changing World. Palgrave Macmillan, April 2012, ISBN 9780230340206
  • Josh Rushing: Mission Al-Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
  • Tine Ustad Figenschou: Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South is Talking Back. Routledge, 2013


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External links

  • - Official Al Jazeera English Website[note 1]
  • - Official Al Jazeera Website
  • Al Jazeera America Live Streaming
  • Al Jazeera English Pre-Launch Promo (2006)
  • Media Blackout in Egypt and the U.S.: Al Jazeera Forced Off the Air by Mubarak, Telecommunications Companies Block Its Expansion in the United States Democracy Now, 1 February 2011
  1. ^ a b For United States IP addresses, this URL redirects to the website of Al Jazeera America. The Al Jazeera English website is accessible via a link at the bottom of the Al Jazeera America homepage or at the top under the International pulldown in the upper right hand corner.
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