Al-Jazeera English now available in NYC

Aug. 1, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Al-Jazeera English said Monday its news programming has become available for the first time to cable television viewers in New York City.

About 2 million subscribers to Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS are now able to tune into the network's global news coverage all day and through the night.

The deal was made possible through cooperation with Regional News Network -- a privately owned, New York-based news and talk television network.

"We're delighted to now be on televisions across New York," Al Anstey, al-Jazeera English's managing director, said in a statement. "This launch has been fueled by viewer demand. We are already part of the media landscape here, with one in 10 people having got information on events in America and the world from our Web site this year alone. We get more Web traffic from New York than any other city on Earth. Half a million New Yorkers are classed as regular visitors. Ever since our establishment, we've been committed to coverage of America and New York with a large bureau and team of journalists based in the city, so we're delighted to now be broadcasting global news onto televisions throughout the global melting pot that is New York."

RNN President Dick French said his network is "thrilled to be working with al-Jazeera English to meet the demand that exists for more international news in the New York City area."

"Al-Jazeera English has a clear commitment to telling stories from often under-reported regions from Latin America, through Africa and the Middle East to Asia and the Far East," he said. "We're sure New Yorkers will appreciate its presence in the lineup of channels."

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