Al-Jazeera to broadcast in India

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/dec/08/al-jazeera-india

    Al-Jazeera English has been granted a licence to broadcast in India by the country's information and broadcasting ministry.

    "This is an exciting breakthrough that has been in the works for several years," said Al Anstey, the channel's managing director. "We know there is a great demand for our award-winning content."

    Al-Jazeera English has a bureau in New Delhi. Its chief, Anmol Saxena, said: "We are certain that we will have a substantial following."

    The potential audience, with an estimated 115m households, is huge.
     
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    Al Jazeera English comes to India

    NEW DELHI: Finally launching in India after a four-year wait for government approvals, Al-Jazeera's English news channel plans a marketing blitz next month to correct the “myths and misconceptions” surrounding it.

    “We want people to start recognising us as an international channel dedicated to good journalism…which does not look at the world through any particular prism,” said Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey, when asked about the current perception of his brand as the Arabic channel that had exclusively broadcast al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's video messages after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. “We are planning an extensive marketing, brand awareness and grass roots campaign in India early next year…in print, digital, broadcast and outdoor platforms,” he told reporters.

    The channel started broadcasting in India at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting gave the final go-ahead to permit the creation of downlinking of Al Jazeera's signals in the country. “Hundreds” of cable operators had agreed to include the free-to-air channel in their current line-up, according to Mr. Anstey, who refused to reveal any numbers, whether with regard to investment, targeted reach or revenue. All he would say was that the potential market for Al Jazeera English channel was the more than 300 million English speakers in the country.

    “We have received letters of intent from cable operators in Kerala, Mumbai; very strong intents from Kolkata and the West Bengal region, so you can see that all parts of the country are represented,” said Anmol Saxena, channel's bureau chief in Delhi. “We also expect to finish negotiations with DTH operators within the next three or four weeks.”

    When Al Jazeera — whose Arabic broadcasts began in 1996 — launched its 24-hour English news channel in 2006, it applied for permission to downlink in India as well. However, with the Home Ministry initially citing security considerations to recommend against a licence, it has been a long wait for the channel.

    “This is an exciting breakthrough that has been in the works for several years,” said Mr. Anstey.

    Al Jazeera's seven-man bureau in New Delhi is likely to see a modest expansion soon, along with the possible establishment of a Mumbai bureau.
     
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    They sure will have to work hard to change their image. Initially they were more like Al Qaeda Broadcasting service and that image has pretty much stuck. May be that's the reason why so many people have come out inquiring about them is that report is true about the expression of interest from various operators.
     
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    I felt its international channel was pretty decent with local anchors from all over the world. I hope they will maintain same standards in India as well.
     
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    Aren't we having enough corrupt, propagandist and Lobbyist news channels (ilks of NDTV) in India that we require a Jihadi propaganda in machinery? When they go all out propagating maoists and Jihadi brotherhood, then we will complain of sedition!! GOI always digs its won grave and corrupt UPA is too suicidal in its approach (obviously for common man, not for the empress and her coterie), that they invite a news network having the most dubious track record!
     
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    I'm sure India is awaiting with bated breath Al Jazeera's award winning talk shows exclusively hosted by Osama bin laden.Just a heads up for the Al Jazeera folks,they better pay up for the best insurance possible for their media center in Mumbai.Something tells me Al Jazeera will find occasions, one too many, to socialize with Shiv Sena and MNS..........Good luck folks
     
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    Umm weren't they introduced a long time back and then banned due to controversial news on Kashmir?
     
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    I don't find this troubling news at all.Al Jazeera Int'l is actually one of the most professional, dry, sombre and I daresay objective channels coming out from the Mideast. It is owned de facto by conglomerate interests in the West, with headquarters in Qatar, London and Washington D.C. Saudi U.S. Ambassador Bandar last bought a 20% stake off it from the Qatari emir. And last I heard, Haim Saban, an Egyptian-born Jew, and head of the conglomerate that owns Univision, was in the running to buy a 51% stake.

    Still, Al Jazeera English / Int'l is one of the more liberal news channels across the Mid East. It's founder, owner (then? now?) the Qatari Emir Al Thani is actually an enlightened ruler, by Middle East standards. And one of the few looking to bring a semblance of representative government in to civil society.

    Al Jazeera local, is of course, something totally different. And when they start broadcasting, it's time to worry.

    Their reporters regularly go the Pallywood-route in Palestine:



    Their reporters broadcast photos of dead American soldiers, with controversial headlines in an attempt to rile up the populace; and their commentary, superfluous. They regularly display pictures of blood and gore and carry interviews with Israeli officers, which while being open and non-censorious, are often impassioned and wholly prejudiced.
     
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    Al-Jazzera got into the world limelight by broadcasting Al Qaeda videos and audio tapes. It runs on Jihadi extremism news and is a propaganda platform for most terrorists. Its a bad thing they starting in India.
     
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    What ?????? .. come again !!!
     
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    Some More Pallywood evidence...I am sure it will and has been happening in Kashmir, and AL-Jazeera will be in forefront of mis-reporting everything, and when GOI will intervene AL-Jazeera will claim "Freedom of Speech" being curtailed, as if from the country they originate are the champions of rights such as "freedom of speech" and "expression", have a look:


     
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    Doesn't the GoI read defenceforum.in, where educated Indians air their POVs better than the policies GoI makes. If not, they should seriously start reading.
     
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    You think government agents are not in this Forum ? I dont think so. Its other thing that they may have political or some other limitations while trying to follow all ideas of members.
     
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    They have a wealth of information and contacts

    Let them come .Welcome to India .

    At the worst they will become the B team of PTV

    We can use their contacts for getting info on the Pakistani terror machine
     
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    Al Jazeera Bureau Chief for India is Anmol Saxena, in New Delhi. I have seen them cover Kashimiri Pandits plights as well and did soem balanced coverage on the issue. Very much unlike PRESSTV of Iran for example.

    This was in July this year
    Hindu minority homeless in Kashmir

    And an older OpEd by Saxena
    Kashmir's forgotten collective past

    The other part is that we have good relations with Qatar. No matter how liberal Al Jazeera is, if you are to believe Wikileaks, it seems that the Emir does have a role on what type of coverage Aljazeera does. ;)

    Btw, the other news channel that also got permission along with Al Jazeera is France24
     
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    ^^ Not really if you take a look at the number of anti-India postings before. That was the reason why AJ was banned from being aired in India 8 years back because of its ardent support of Pakistan's illegal stand.
     
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    I don't know about the entry of France24, however, if true, then we are on a Dangerous track, as France24 is one of the most Notorious Arab propaganda French channel, which airs all unsubstantiated and exaggerated news. Or is it a tactic by UPA (in particular Congress) to get new propagandists at the cost of national interests after its mouthpiece and lobbyist NDTV, CNNIBN, India Today Group got exposed pants down in scams? Who knows after west backed (and invested) media got exposed in India Congies may be getting help from pro-Arab media as their image today is of a looter, shameless bandit and that of an Italian maffia in our nation; to get votes (in particular after Bihar elections and Gujarat Bypolls) they require a sound machinery to spread their lies and misinformation and the channels who were lobbying in the past have no credibility left (Be it Burkha, Vir, Rajdeep et al), hence new mechanism. I don't find any-other credible reason other than a pact between them that would allow AL-Jazeera or France24 in India even though its a well known fact that they are pro-arab and pakistani, when on the other hand we have a vicious azadi campaign being let lose by pathetic treacherous leftists and Jihadis in open? Its always been self-interest first than national interest down the drain by you know whom!!
     
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    There international english channel is quite balanced...ie for the past couple of years.

    do know very well if they post nonsense then they'll be thrown out again.
     
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    Well the AJE TV channel started in August 2006 so I don't understand what you mean by "ardent" support of Pakistan's stand 8 years back.

    I don't think its anymore "anti-India" than BBC, or NYT coverage of events like KAshmir issues. At least because of local Indian bureau chiefs, the coverage is more balanced. Most of their staff and anchors are actually ex-BBC.

    The official statement was that AJE and other international channels including many Europeans ones were on down linking into India without getting proper permission. There was no "ban" officially. This happened in 2006.


    AJE probably runs more anti-American stories than anything else and it still isn't banned there.

    However, one channel I would'nt mind getting banned is Fox News. It would seriously bring the IQ level down in the country :D
     
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