Don't you just love Arabic Calligraphy as an art form
Once again, I have tried to get TV access to the Aljazeera
(English) broadcasts. Again I have been frustrated. I recently signed up for satellite TV connection with Shaw Communication. I phoned them and said I would be interested in getting Aljazzera and I would be willing to pay extra if it could not just be added to my package. I was informed they did not offer Aljazeera.. I mentioned I had just looked at the Aljazeera website where they listed where is was available. It indicated it was available on Shaw and Rogers in Canada. This is true but only on cable. Well cable is not available for me.
Over the past few years, I have spoken to several TV providers to see if I could get Aljazeera in one of their packages. I even suggested they might get rid of one of the American cable news providers, say Fox News, and replace it with Aljazeera. They would not even discuss this. They just rhymed off what was included in each package. Aljazeera was only available for an extra charge. I resisted paying an extra charge when I think this first class, award winning, news channel should be as available on the same bases as the BBC, CBC, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and others. It has been a lonely battle for me. I have not even been able to get Lynne to see if she could get it included in her extensive package with Rogers. Now, when I finally decided I would pay extra for it, I find out it is not available on satellite with Shaw.
Why do I want Aljazeera? I am a news junkie. I like to read and listen to many news sources to better understand what is going on in the World. I have read the Aljazeera website
and even listened to Aljazeera broadcasts through the site. I find it full of wonder programming, accurate, fair extensive, in depth. I think it is an equal with the BBC. Aljazzera English is recognized by those in the know as being a first rate source of news. They have a widely diverse reporting staff included many Canadian journalists who are on the ground in many countries that few if any Western news organizations have foreign correspondence . This has been an area that news organizations have been cutting back on, relying instead on a few new sources, like Reuters, to supply news content.
an outstanding and widely experienced news person was a key person with Aljazeera for several years and even now, while he is teaching journalism. he has a role with the news network.
During the Arab Spring I understand the Obama administration watched Aljazeera for the news. Hilary Clinton even went to Qatar to assure Aljazeera that the US saw it as part of the solution in the middle east.. The state of American news programming is dismal with too much fluff news and "headline news" with little in depth analysis. And there their is Fox News which should not be taken seriously. It is best viewed as faux news.
Recently, Aljazeera has purchased Al Gore's Current News network in order to gain access to more of the American market, by establishing Aljazeera America. Right away it is being attacked my cable news organizations with whom it would compete. On late night TV talk shows a lot of cheap humour is used to belittle it or even frighten people. I enjoy these jokes but I know how ridiculous these jokes are,. which is what makes them funny, but a lot of people I think they take a lot of the comments as true. Such that Aljazzera is anti-American, pro Arab or even pro terrorist or that the broadcast will be in Arabic. Aljazeera has a public relations problem in the US and the US has an information deficit concerning the nature of Aljazeera as a respectable and credible news source. Both Canada and the United States would be well served to have easy and widespread access to this news channel. Let hope we do in the near future.