Aljazeera will be broadcasting mainly from Doha but also from Malaysia, London and Washington 12 hours then going 24hrs on Jan 07. It will predictably have a "southern" focus on the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In its first day, Aljazeera had reports from Palestine, Darfur, Iran, DR Congo and Zimbabwe wonderfully setting the scene what is to come. The reports from DR Congo elections was great and there an exclusive interview with Kabila, I didn't expect the guy to be that articulate. But the report from Zimbabwe was more compelling with massive waiting line for oil, sometime for a week.
The interviews today (and the next couple of days) is mesmerizing, some of the interviewees are Ismail Haniyeh, Joseph Kabila, Shimon Peres , Richard Haas, Tony Blair (Frost on Friday), ... and the list continues.
This is what the BBC said about the launch:
A screen graphic with a clock ticking down the minutes gave way to a photo montage of the biggest news stories of recent years, including 9/11.Ethan Zuckerman (and other bloggers) welcomed Aljazeera English, he says:
Al-Jazeera in Arabic is known for its forthright style, frank journalism and willingness to discuss taboo issues.
This has made it a thorn in the side of governments from Washington to Riyadh, says the BBC's Ian Pannell in Cairo.
We will be getting our reaction, first and foremost, from the Middle East
Felicity Barr, presenter
After the opening credits, presenters Shiulie Ghosh and Sami Zeidan ushered in the new channel, saying it would be "setting the news agenda".
"It's November 15th, a new era in television news."
The channel then went to images of correspondents in various locations including Gaza then Sudan's Darfur region, followed by Iran and Zimbabwe.
As it went on air, the channel had to contend with a breaking news story on a tsunami expected to hit Russia and northern Japan.
I feel strongly that Al Jazeera International is a good thing. I think a lot of the criticism Al Jazeera’s Arabic service receives are, frankly, off the mark, and more a reflection of Western news coverage of Jazeera than the truth of what’s on the network. My experiences in Doha were of a network determined to bring debate to every possible issue, going out of their way to put people who disagree with one another on camera in the hopes of knocking sparks. It’s worth remembering that Al-J isn’t just a thorn in the side of the Bush administration - they drive the Saudis nuts as well.Aljazeera English was also relaunched its website which has twostreaming video and RSS feeds.
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