Jan 14 2009

Al Jazeera Announces Partnership with The Independent

Doha Qatar, January 14, 2009: Al Jazeera and The Independent have announced a new partnership that brings Al Jazeera English video news bulletins to the web pages of the www.independent.co.uk, one of the leading British newspapers.

Al Jazeera English channel's video news bulletins will be presented from the channel's broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington. The content is tailored to web users providing short, punchy news round-ups of 2-3 minutes duration and will be refreshed throughout the day.

Al Jazeera English now broadcasts to over 130 million homes worldwide with an editorial mission to give a 'voice to the voiceless', reporting stories that often go unreported from regions across the globe. As the first global English-speaking news channel based in the Middle East, Al Jazeera English's unparalleled access to ongoing events inside Gaza has delivered exclusive pictures and in-depth perspectives to worldwide audiences more familiar with western television news networks.

Tony Burman, the Managing Director of Al Jazeera English stated, "Making our content accessible to international audiences through different distribution channels has been a priority for Al Jazeera and this agreement with The Independent extends that mission. I look forward to our partnership and to expanding our ability for audiences in the UK to see our news content."

The Independent has a long-standing commitment to first class and diverse international news reporting. This new partnership reflects this commitment and gives an added and complementary dimension to the newspaper's online offering.

Phil Lawrie, Al Jazeera Network 's Director of Global Distribution comments, "The Independent's online readers now have easy access to our news bulletins. We are excited by this new association - Al Jazeera takes pride in its editorial integrity, challenging journalism and high quality content, values we know that Independent readers appreciate."

Jimmy Leach, Editorial Director for digital, said: "This is a great way of delivering a global perspective both to our UK-based users and to our growing audience overseas. Al-Jazeera will enable us to bring a different world-view to our audience. That sort of broad-minded approach to interpreting world opinion will sit perfectly with our readers."

Bill Swanson, Managing Director of Independent.co.uk stated, "This is another key partnership for the ongoing evolution of the website, we are delighted to be working with such a progressive and respected broadcaster. The quality and diversity of the content can only enhance the content mix and end user experience."


About Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English is the world's first English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Launched in 2006 Al Jazeera English is setting the global news agenda and acts as a bridge between cultures. With unique access as the channel of reference for Middle East events, and broadcast centres strategically placed around the world in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC, Al Jazeera English is balancing the information flow from South to North, providing independent and impartial news for a global audience from a grass roots level, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world. The channel now reaches over 130 million households in over a hundred countries.

Al Jazeera started out over twelve years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. In 2006, Al Jazeera was ranked by brandchannel.com as the most impactful television broadcast news brand globally. As a result of its expansion and the creation of new channels and services, Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation. The Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Arabic channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera .net (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.

About The Independent
The Independent and The Independent on Sunday are modern newspapers with a mission to take the broader view. Launched in 1986 and 1990 respectively, these innovative newspapers with an ever-increasing circulation are changing the face of British national newspapers in the 21st century.

With award-winning journalists, The Independent has been twice chosen as 'Newspaper of the Year'. In addition to this, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief, was chosen as 'Editor of the Year' at the GQ Men of the Year awards in September 2004.

Independent Educational Publishing produces a variety of publications for the Education and Careers industry, adding another successful string to the Independent News & Media bow.

For further information please contact:
Lauren McCullough
Tel: +974 489 6046

For further information please contact:
Jimmy Leach

Bill Swanson

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