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Posted On: 19 February 2009 09:04 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Al Jazeera plans Canada operations

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Al Jazeera television network has announced plans to enter North America by seeking permission to start its English channel from Canada. According to Tony Burman, managing director of Al Jazeera English, the news channel will apply to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for permission to start operations by autumn. The Canadian regulatory body will process the application in a month’s time and then throw the issue before the public to comment. Al Jazeera Arabic, which was given a licence to operate from Canada in 2003, opted out because of strict conditions for cable companies to carry its programmes. But the channel’s managing director said there was a huge demand for English Al Jazeera because of its exclusive coverage of the recent Gaza conflict. With 69 news bureaus, he said, Al Jazeera had bigger news operations than even CNN and BBC. Since the channel was one the biggest sources of diverse news from Asia, Africa and Latin America, it was watched in more than 100 countries, Burman said. He tried to distinguish the English channel - started in 2006 - from Al Jazeera Arabic channel which is known for carrying videos and messages from Al Qaeda and other militant groups against the Western world. – IANS