Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera in exclusive negotiations for French football

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has enterted into exclusive negotiations with the French professional football league, the LFP, to acquire the remaining major package of TV rights for Ligue 1 matches. Al Jazeera is bidding for a package of six weekly pay-per-view matches. The broadcaster already has the rights to two weekly matches. L’Equipe newspaper has […]

Al Jazeera changes frequency to avoid jamming

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera has changed its frequency on Arabsat to 11334V in an attempt to combat jamming of its signals. Al Jazeera’s signals suffered significant jamming in February last year, and the channel responded by launching its services across various satellites. “We would like to inform our viewers of the new satellite frequency […]

Al Jazeera takes French Champions League rights

Al Jazeera has been awarded the French broadcasting rights for the majority of Champions League matches for the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. The Qatar-based broadcaster beat pay TV operator Canal Plus to four out of five media rights packages. According to French press reports, Al Jazeera agreed to pay €61 million per year to air […]

Al Jazeera launches live news apps

News channel operator Al Jazeera has launched new applications for Android and Blackberry mobile devices that allow users to access live broadcasts. The new apps will also allow users to upload content directly. Both are free and aimed at the Arabic-speaking market. Mohammed Al Mokhtar, head of Arabic, said: “There’s been significant demand from […]

TF1, M6 decline to play ball on Euro 2012 rights

French commercial channels TF1 and M6 have declined to make a new, higher offer for the rights to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament following news that Al Jazeera had placed a €130 million bid, according to French press reports. Despite requests from UEFA to re-evaluate their offer, the two broadcasters have categorically refused, according […]

Al Jazeera could launch IPO next year

Al Jazeera could launch an initial public offering in Qatar as early as next year, according to press reports. Olivier Gueris, chief operating officer of the Qatar exchange, told the Reuters news agency that Al Jazeera would like to list next year subject to regulatory approvals and market conditions. Gueris said that the Qatar government […]

Al Jazeera looking to French Euro 2012 rights

Al Jazeera has made a €130 million bid for the French rights to the Euro 2012 championships, beating a rival offer from French broadcasters TF1 and M6, according to reports. RMC Sport/BFM TV has reported that the Qatari broadcasters has offered UEFA €130 million for the rights, beating TF1 and M6’s joint bid of €100 […]

Al Jazeera dismisses Kids channel chief and senior staff

The general manager and a swathe of senior staff at the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) have been dismissed, leaving international production partners in the dark about the future of their projects.’s sister site TBIvision understands that general manager Mahmoud Bouneb (pictured) and up to 30 of the senior JCC management, including director of […]

Al Jazeera launches in the Balkans today

Al Jazeera’s news service for the Balkans rolls out today. From 18:00 local time today, the channel will be beamed to homes in the region via Eutelsat’s WC3 satellite at 16° East, reaching both cable and DTH homes. Al Jazeera Balkans will carry news, documentaries and current affairs programming and will be based in Sarajevo, […]

Al Jazeera launches sports streaming service

Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera is launching a digital streaming sports service. The company will air over 13,000 live events per year on the site, which will include content across all of its Al Jazeera Sports TV channels as well as its entire comprehensive rights portfolio. The service, which will launch online as well […]