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16 November 2006

Al-Jazeera-English Goes Global ...

We would imagine that most intelligent individuals are already well aware, that even in this 21st century we'll always have ostriches, ludites and the like as well as knee-jerk-jerks, ever eager to advocate murdering messengers bringing them news they don't like.

And we wonder whether links to the (very), lately launched (15th Nov 2006), Al-Jazeera-English television channel & news website will start appearing on so called 'liberal' blogrolls and similar western websites.

Of course, as always, only time will tell.

In the meantime, for those whose news sources of choice (however currently limited and/or biased), -- being the big hearted old Brits that we are, we're offering a helping hand.

In the attempted furtherance of our own 'fair & balanced for all' philosophy we'd suggest that at the very least, Al-Jazeera-English be bookmarked.

Here's a bit about the new kid on the global news block, from the BBC -- now a direct a competitor.

Two years ago, al-Jazeera was named in the global InterBrand survey as the world's most influential media brand and the fifth most influential in any field, after Apple, Google, Ikea and Starbucks.
We bet not many reading this knew that.

Or this.

Al-Jazeera never set out to be this controversial, though it always knew it would ruffle feathers.

The station was launched 10 years ago, funded by the Emir of Qatar who had a vision of an unbiased Arabic TV channel, independent of governments, striving to present all points of view.

Many of its early staff came from the BBC World Service, and they retained their notions of objectivity and balance.

Or this.
Sir David Frost has his own show, as has Rageh Omaar, who reported for the BBC from Baghdad - both chosen, one suspects, to emphasise the difference between this channel and the image which many viewers have of al-Jazeera.
Anyway, here's your chance-of-a-lifetime to become both judge and jury.

1./ Al-Jazeera-English.

2./ BBC; Slick al-Jazeera aims to surprise.



Anonymous bob said...

Very interesting. Thanks for this. I've book-marked it.

8:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir David Frost? Good for him.
And thanks from me too, Brit.

10:34 pm  
Anonymous max said...

Well, well, well. So that's where Rageh Omaar is now. I wondered what had happened to him. He really was a fast rising young BBC *star* reporter. I watched him do some great live war\\action reports from in and around Baghdad. A good, honest, dedictaed, professional and BRAVE young journo. I wish him well.

The BBC's loss is their gain.

Oh, add my thanks to the list.

10:45 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

How long before the BBC - and others who Al-Jazeera's now competing against - start dirty-tricks and 'slagging' campaigns against them?

A week? A month?

1:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Here is an interesting link on the censoring of Al_Jazeera in the US

4:52 am  
Blogger Richard said...

It seems like I'm forever apologising lately for my laxity in responding.

In my defence, I claim a combination of mitigating circumstances.

First off, when I do respond I only find myself repeating myself. I thank everyone sincerely for their continued, welcome (and always appreciated), contributions, interest, encouragement and support. See? Here I go again. :^)

Secondly, real life has been a bit of a bind recently. Busy, is an understatement. But please bear with me. Eventually I'll be back to normal - heh - whatever normal is.

11:55 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

Hey, no apologies needed Richard.

Do what you can do and do what you need do. Anything else is a bonus. Life is short. We should all make the most of it, in whatever ways we can. And we should all help each other to try to do the same.

Take care, friend.

12:01 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

What Rex most ably said, Richard

12:12 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Funny thing though... no American cable or satellite system will carry it. Geeze.... do you think there might be something political behid those decisions? Hmmmmm?

And Richard... no problem!

9:10 pm  

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