Al Jazeera English Coming to New York Cable Stations!
Great news, New Yorkers! A news bit about Time Warner/Verizon that doesn't infuriate you over the exorbitant amount they charge with little to no payoff. Al-Jazeera English is coming to your home television. It began airing last night for Time Warner subscribers on channel 92 (even though the guide still says "RISE: Programa Pagado," it's there, I checked). And for Verizon/FIOS subscribers, you have to wait a couple of days, but it's coming.
But this wasn't a case of goodwill on the part of the cable providers (never that). Al Jazeera is presented to us because of public demand. Namely, since February, when the best coverage of the Arab Spring was only available via Al Jazeera streaming, over 70,000 emails were sent to cable and satellite providers demanding access, with the majority of them coming from New York. We did it! A press release:
“We're delighted to now be on televisions across New York,” said Al Anstey, Al Jazeera English’s Managing Director. “This launch has been fueled by viewer demand. We are already part of the media landscape here, with one in ten people having got information on events in America and the world from our website 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.”
The feeling is mutual, Al Anstey! Watching live coverage from DC on the debt deal right this second.