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A Year In the Life: al-Jazeera English Boss Remembers

Posted in Journalism, media, Media and Journalism, middle east, News, Television by Curtis on 11/19/06

From The Independent, al-Jazeera English edition chief Nigel Parsons recounts the events of 2006 leading up to that station’s recent launch.

This week – after countless rows, delays and cultural mix-ups – TV history was made with the launch of a global, English-language version of the controversial Arabic channel Al Jazeera. Station boss Nigel Parsons opens his diary on a tough year.

Interesting reading. Write your cable company or satellite provider today! If all else fails, I’ve got our huge old C-band dish (which I fondly dubbed the ‘Jolly Green Giant’ as a child) at the ready. Give me the satellite code and a transponder! I still remember when Disney was G1, 24. :-)

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  1. Skip Conover said, on 11/22/06 at 6:41 pm

    Except, this launch did not occur in the USA! Big problem! We have no counterpoint to people who squelch every whispered criticism.

  2. raincoaster said, on 11/22/06 at 9:08 pm

    It’s always been a pretty good news source. They wouldn’t have been able to get a foothold, however, if CNN were still what CNN used to be. There will always be an audience for investigative reporting that isn’t beholden to those in power.

  3. Curtis said, on 11/22/06 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t expect al-Jazeera to be a wholly objective news source, obviously. But I think raincoaster is right, I think they have a record of relative independence and integrity, and they more often have reporters on the scene in the Middle East as opposed to the kind of phone-heavy, motel room journalism that’s practiced in the American, British, and Canadian media where the Middle East is concerned. I do agree with Charley Reese in that this news source, unlike the great bulk of those on which Westerners depend, can bring an altogether less sanitary perspective on the very real things that are happening to very real people in that region of the world. Perhaps for that very reason, I’m not expecting the major cable companies to jump to carry it. But I have written to mine, and I’d suggest that anyone that’s interested in alternate viewpoints for the sake of alternate viewpoints do the same.


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