Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera joins new MSN

News broadcaster Al Jazeera is to be avaialble via Microsoft’s revamped MSN information and entertainment network. MSN will showcase cotent form Al Jazeera Arabic, English, Turkish and Balkans content across the web and application experience. The new MSN is currently available in beta version. “One of Al Jazeera’s strategic objectives is expanding audience reach across […]

Al Jazeera countersues Current co-founders Gore and Hyatt

Al Jazeera America is countersuing former Current TV owners, former US vice-president Al Gore and co-founder Joel Hyatt, rejecting claims that it withheld funds relating to its buyout of the network. In August, Gore and Hyatt filed a lawsuit accusing Al Jazeera of fraud and breach of contract, alleging that the Qatari company has withheld […]

Al Jazeera launches mobile news service AJ+

Al Jazeera has launched its new youth-focused news service AJ+ as a free app for iOS and Android mobile devices.  AJ+’s content is designed to be easily sharable on social networks and includes bite-size videos, topical polls and quizzes and links to additional relevant stories. The service will also encourage users to engage and join […]

Es’hailSat order second satellite for 26° East

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has ordered its second satellite, which will be built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric (Melco). The satellite, Es’Hail 2, will be positioned at the Middle East hotspot of 26° East. It will have a Ku- and Ka-band payload and will provide TV distribution and government services as well as the first satellite […]

Al Gore suing Al Jazeera for allegedly withholding funds

Former US vice-president Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera, claiming the Qatar-based broadcaster has withheld US$65 million owed to him and a partner over the sale of Current TV. Gore and fellow Current TV founder Joel Hyatt have accused Al Jazeera of fraud and breach of contract. The filing, in a Delaware court, alleges that […]

Al Jazeera launches innovation unit

Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera has launched an Innovation and Research Group, which the company says will explore and create concepts, products and ideas “at the intersection of media, technology and popular culture”. The group will build a network of innovators in technology and media, to be grown via a series of conferences, local events, […]

French site Play TV adds 17 channels

Play TV, a French website that broadcasts live TV channels, has added 17 new general interest, entertainment and news networks to its offering. The news channels include: Al Jazeera in English and Arabic; Nigeria’s TVC News; Deutsche Welle in English, Spanish and Arabic; and the Ukraine’s Espreso TV. The entertainment networks include God TV, music […]

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs.  The Nanterre commercial court threw out Canal+’s suit, filed in July last year. The pay TV operator had claimed €293 million in damages for unfair competition. Canal+ was […]

Al Jazeera begins AJ+ rollout

Al Jazeera has soft-launched content for its new online and social news service AJ+, ahead of an official launch later this year.  The Middle Eastern news broadcaster has launched its Twitter and Facebook presence and added a handful of videos to its YouTube channel for AJ+, which it described as a “current affairs experience for […]

Al Jazeera launches Virgin Media TiVo app

News channel Al Jazeera has launched a news app on the Virgin Media TiVo platform in the UK. The app will make Al Jazeera available live and on demand for Virgin Media TV TiVo users. Subscribers will be able to view Al Jazeera’s news and programmes on demand for the first time and users will […]