Top Story

e4m_logo.png

Home >> Media - TV >> Article

Al Jazeera signs news-sharing pact with India TV

03-September-2004
Font Size   16
Share
Al Jazeera signs news-sharing pact with India TV

The Qatar-based news network, Al Jazeera, has signed an exclusive news bulletin sharing agreement with Rajat Sharma-promoted India TV. The daily telecast of the Al Jazeera bulletins, dubbed in Hindi, will begin from September 3 at 11 PM on India TV. There will, however, be no equity partnership between the partners.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Wadah Khanfar, Managing Director, Al Jazeera, said a non-financial agreement signed by the two channels will enable them to exclusively broadcast each other’s prime time news bulletins. Each day a select Al Jazeera prime time news bulletin will be made available to India TV. India TV in turn will provide India-related news to the Arabic channel on a daily basis. The agreement will also include exchange of real time news updates from the respective regions.

The channel plans to set up a Bureau in Delhi, for which it has applied for accreditation with the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. “There is a great demand for Indian political and economic news in the Arab world. A tie-up of this nature is a step to meet this need,” Khanfar said.

The channel recently opened its Bureau in Japan, and plans to set up bureaus in China, Senegal, Ethiopia and Kenya in the near future. Rubbishing all allegations of being an anti-American channel, Khanfar said, “Al Jazeera aims to provide unbiased views to its viewers and the comments of a few ministers will not affect our coverage.”

Speaking on the occasion, Rajat Sharma said there was a dearth of news reports from the Arab world in India. “However, with this tie-up the void will be filled. India TV will also provide an additional picture of events of the Arab world to viewers,” he said.

Al Jazeera came into prominence internationally when it periodically telecast exclusive footage of Bin Laden after the US crackdown in Afghanistan. It quickly became an alternate channel of information on happenings inside Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tags

Aparna Bhosle, Business Cluster Head - Premium & FTA GEC channels - ‎ZEEL, on its new property, sponsors, investment on acquisition and response to BBC First

In an interview with exchange4media, Ferzad Palia says that most successful brands are not those who spend the most money

As Milind Pathak takes over as Managing Director - Southeast Asia, Httpool, we chat with him on his new role, aspirations and his plans to aggressively penetrate the operations of the group in the Southeast Asian market

The group released the Little Hearts online-only campaign, #BreakSomeHearts, early this year and is on the path to make many more of its brands available on the digital platform

As Milind Pathak takes over as Managing Director - Southeast Asia, Httpool, we chat with him on his new role, aspirations and his plans to aggressively penetrate the operations of the group in the Sou...

The group released the Little Hearts online-only campaign, #BreakSomeHearts, early this year and is on the path to make many more of its brands available on the digital platform

Aroon Purie, the India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief today appointed his daughter Kallie Purie as the Vice Chairperson of the group