WASHINGTON, D.C. — Starting today, independent, non-commercial broadcaster MHz Networks is expanding its current Al Jazeera English (AJE) offering to provide round-the-clock coverage on MHz Networks 5.
AJE, an award-winning global news and current affairs channel broadcast in more than 100 countries, will join a line-up of nine other prestigious international channels that MHz broadcasts and cablecasts in the region.
Since April 29, an evening newscast anchored from AJE’s Washington news bureau has aired nightly at 10 p.m. on MHz Networks’ primary local channel, MHz Networks 1/MHz Worldview DC. The half-hour AJE broadcast will continue to air daily on MHz Networks 1/MHz Worldview DC, in addition to many other individual newscasts culled from a variety of countries, including: India (ANI), Israel (IBA), Germany (Deutsche Welle) and Taiwan (Mac TV), among others.
“It is essential to the mission of MHz Networks to bring news coverage from across the globe to make as many perspectives as possible available to U.S. audiences,” said Frederick Thomas, chief executive of MHz Networks. “AJE complements our mission perfectly and was a missing piece in our line-up. Viewers have already responded extremely favorably to the upcoming addition of the full-time AJE channel, as well as to our other nine 24/7 international channels.”
Al Jazeera English launched internationally in November 2006 as the world’s first English-language news channel headquartered in the Middle East. The network has broadcast centers in Kuala Lumpur, Doha, London and Washington, D.C., and nearly 70 bureaus around the world.
“We are extremely pleased to be launching on MHz and joining their impressive line-up of channels,” said Phil Lawrie, Director of Global Distribution for Al Jazeera. “For over two years, Al Jazeera English has been setting new standards in international reporting by providing a platform for the under-represented corners of the world. We know there is a great demand in the United States for AJE’s groundbreaking news and current affairs programming, and we applaud MHz for being among the first US providers to air the channel.”
MHz Networks broadcasts 10 distinct international television networks in the D.C. area, including: NHK World TV (Japan), France 24, RT (formerly Russia Today), South African Broadcast Corporation News International (SABC), euronews, Vietnam Television (VTV 4), Metro Chinese Network (MCN) and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). The channels are also carried by the region’s cable and telco systems.
The 24/7 AJE channel will be available in the D.C. market via MHz Networks 5 on broadcast (over the air) channel 30.5. Via cable, viewers may tune into Comcast channel 275, Cox channel 474, RCN channel 34 and Verizon FiOS channel 457. AJE replaces BVN programming on MHz Networks 5.
For more information, please visit the “MHz in DC” page of www.mhznetworks.org.
For information on Al Jazeera:
MHz Networks Contact:
8101 A Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
About Al Jazeera English
Launched in November 2006 Al Jazeera English is setting the global news agenda and acting 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.
Al Jazeera English is available in over 100 countries to over 140 million households worldwide, and was awarded “Best 24 Hour News Program” at the 48th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival. The channel also recently received its first two International Emmy nominations in both news and current affairs, for its groundbreaking coverage of the military crackdown in Myanmar and for its Red Mosque coverage.
In the US, Al Jazeera English is currently available on Buckeye Cable in Ohio, Burlington Telecom in Vermont, Washington Cable in DC and nationally via satellite provider GlobeCast WorldTV. Al Jazeera English’s dedicated page on YouTube is the website’s most watched international news channel, with 21 million videos viewed since its launch in April 2007.
The Arabic language Al Jazeera Satellite Channel is well known as a pioneer in bringing independent and current affairs television to the region and changing the face of news in the Middle East.Visit www.aljazeera.net/english for more details.