ArabianBusiness.com, 25 Aug 2011
, Elizabeth Broomhall: "Qatar-based TV channel Al Jazeera English expects to broadcast in all US states within the next five years, its managing director said, after inking a deal with Time Warner to air in New York. The 24-hour station, the first English-language news channel headquartered in the Middle East, is in talks with cable and satellite distributors as it seeks to grow its overseas footprint. 'Conversations with all the big satellite and cable operators in the United States have been going on since we launched, they have been progressing very well in recent months and they are continuing,' said managing director Al Anstey. 'For me it is a question of when, not if, we make the break through onto other operators in other parts of the United States.'"
Metro (London), 24 Aug 2011, Andrew Williams interviewing Al Jazeera English news presenter Nick Clark: "Why would someone watch Al Jazeera English when other news channels are available? Clark: It offers a global perspective on news stories. Of course, it’s based in the Middle East and focuses on what’s going on there but it also gives a balanced approach to everything that’s going on in the world. We have stories from countries that other channels don’t touch."
Denver Post, 22 Aug 2011, Joanne Ostrow: "Cable television breathlessly tracked the progress of the Libyan uprising, while the whereabouts of Moammar Khadafy? remained unknown. That question provided a focal point for broadcasters, after the arrest of Khadafy's sons, and after a popular, gun-waving, Khadafy-supporting Libyan TV anchor also was arrested. But for TV viewers flipping through channels for solid information, one thing was clear: Al Jazeera English continues to deliver credible, timely coverage every bit as reliable as any competing broadcast or cable network — and often ahead of the curve. ... Developments in the neighborhood — the Arab League's updates and word from the U.N.'s emergency session — beamed through first on Al Jazeera English, making it the go-to resource for this breaking news."
MediaPost, 22 Aug 2011, David Goetzl: "Just as it did during the Egyptian uprising earlier this year, Al Jazeera's English version provided gripping, stellar coverage as the revolution marched in Libya over the weekend. Save the contributions from our oil dollars, it was all completely free -- streamed on the Internet non-stop with hardly an ad. The correspondents for Al Jazeera English seemed to always be a step ahead, notably in broadcasting from the Green Square in Tripoli as the rebel forces took over. And, while there, showing the massive, scary structure erected to display an image of Colonel Qaddafi that would be coming down."
Variety, 20 Aug 2011, Steve Clarke: "While many U.K. news outlets are expected to broadcast live from Ground Zero and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, with some traveling to Afghanistan, Al-Jazeera hopes to broaden the perspective. It's sending reporters to other, unspecified parts of the world (it declines to give details for fear of alerting rivals) to see how these countries are reacting to 9/11 10 years later."
paidContent.org, 16 Aug 2011, Ingrid Lunden: "Pulse, the news-reading app for iOS and Android devices, has signed up its first international partner, and it’s a biggie: Al Jazeera will become the first foreign news organization to partner with the company to deliver news and videos from its Al Jazeera English catalog of content. In the landgrab that we are seeing among news aggregators, reading apps and digital news-stands— they include Flipboard, Zite, Taptu and so many more—this is one move to attempt to differentiate and move into new markets. Al Jazeera is Pulse’s first international news partner, but it’s not the company’s first attempt to capture an international audience. In addition to English, the app is already translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Korean."
Globe and Mail, 22 Aug 2011, Gayle MacDonald interviewing Tony Burman, former managing director of Al Jazeera English: "Does the online dissemination of news matter more in the Arab world, than say, Europe and North America? Burman: In the Middle East, we’re dealing with a part of the world where more than 60 per cent of the population is under 25 years of age, which is far more than in this country. Although this is not a population blessed with millions of computers, they have millions of cellphones, and this is increasing. In Tunisia, where the 'Arab Awakening; began last December, it began with one dramatic incident, captured on a cellphone which was put on Facebook and then rebroadcast repeatedly on television throughout the region and the world. This is a ground-breaking example of the new cyclical relationship that is developing between new and traditional media."