Launch Al Jazeera English takes off in India from DTH platform
A l Jazeera Network, which arguably challenged the unilateral flow of information after 9/11 with its in-depth coverage of West Asia and Afghanistan, is finally here with the launch of Al Jazeera English this past week on the DTH platform of Dish TV. Headquartered in Doha, the five-year-old channel has 70 bureaus around the world reaching out to 130 countries. The Delhi bureau is headed by journalist Anmol Saxena with six-seven journalists and around 60 stringers across the country. Pointing out that the channel has journalists of 40 nationalities working in the newsroom; Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera, said there was no room for bias. “We don't like to see the world through a geographical or political prism. There are filters in place to take out any bias in the story. We are fiercely independent and are all for journalism of credibility and integrity.”
He said that the licence has come without any riders. “No pre-conditions have been laid out for us. It took some time because licensing is a comprehensive process. It required clearance from several ministries and that's the way it should be.” Funded by the state of Qatar, he said that advertising is important but the channel would like to build its reputation and reach on the basis of its integrity and quality of work on a daily basis.