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DOHA: Al Jazeera television network said yesterday that it was preparing to launch a news channel in Britain while studies are at an advanced stage for a French-language channel.
“We are currently working to launch a news channel from the United Kingdom,” said the network’s Director General Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani here, adding it will be called Al Jazeera UK.
The British channel will broadcast for five hours during prime time as a cut-in UK content aired on Al Jazeera English channel, which was opened in 2006, an Al Jazeera official told AFP.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim also said that studies were at an “advanced stage” to launch a French-language channel aimed at “building bridges with other cultures and peoples”.
The network which opened Al Jazeera Balkan in Sarajevo in 2011 is readying to open Al Jazeera Turkish, he said.
Al Jazeera has revolutionised the Arabic-language media and reporting on the Middle East since its foundation in 1996. Its coverage has many times caused disruption to the channel’s operations in a number of Arab countries.