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Al Jazeera English for iPhone and iPad brings you curated top stories, live and on-demand video and personalisation, free of charge. Follow our global coverage of the topics and programmes that interest you and share your favourite stories and videos on popular social networks. This app features content from Al Jazeera English. Bug fixes and performance improvements. I have tried a myriad of sources for my news, but they have all been opinionated.
Few people took much notice in November when a government-funded TV station began broadcasting six hours a day in Arabic from Qatar , but 15 years later al-Jazeera's fame stretches far beyond the Middle East and its network is a leading player among global media. The news channel, enjoying an unusual degree of editorial freedom, allowed by the Qatari government, rapidly picked up Arab viewers disenchanted with state-controlled media in their own countries. It established a reputation for the professionalism of its coverage, and for its studio discussions which raised many previously taboo issues. Initially many of its staff were recruited from the BBC , which had launched an Arabic TV channel a couple of years earlier but closed it down after censorship attempts by Saudi Arabia, which controlled the relevant satellite. Al-Jazeera gained extra street credibility when Arab governments shut down its local bureaux or expelled journalists when coverage offended. The Algerian regime was even suspected of arranging power cuts to stop people watching certain programmes. It was not until that al-Jazeera began to attract widespread attention in the west.
The network was guaranteed government financial backing for its first five years, and it transmitted from Doha , Qatar, and from bureaus around the world, beginning continuous programming in - Initially launched as an Arabic news and current-affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty television channels in multiple languages.
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General Info Al-Jazeera TV Aljazeera is the largest and most controversial Arabic News Channel in the Middle East offering news coverage 24 hours a day from around the world with focus on the hottest regions of conflict. Programming also includes a wide selection of high-pitch political talk shows and documentaries and emotional debates and sensational arguments covering events of the moment. Founded in , and based in Qatar, the Al Jazeera news network is the fastest growing network among Arab communities and Arabic speaking people around the world. With programming focusing primarily on news coverage and analysis, the station has earned the loyalty of a large audience and the enmity of various critics who argue that Aljazeera is overly sensational with a bent on showing bloody footage from various war zones as well as giving disproportionate coverage to various fundamentalist and extremist groups. Criticism from various government has helped the channel increase its credibility with an audience that is used to sensorship and biased coverage from official government outlets.