Virgin Media launches Al Jazeera channels

Editor | 19-12-2012

In what will represent the debut of Arabic channels to the cable broadcaster,Virgin Media has begun transmission of Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic
Virgin has high hopes for the two channels given that the former has picked up a stream of awards for their content including the coveted RTS News Channel of the Year, while the latter is the first Arabic channel to launch on Virgin Media. The channel has been the most watched provider of news in the Middle East since it emerged as the first independent channel in the region in 1996.
Commenting, on the arrival of the channels on the Virgin cable TV platform, Al Jazeera Englishmanaging director Al Anstey, said: "We're now on all the major TV platforms in the UK, completing the picture for our distribution across the country. People in the UK are hungry for reliable information, well-told, so we're especially pleased to be offering news, programmes, and documentaries from our world-class journalists around the globe to our new viewers."
Added Peter Chapman, Associate Director of Content Acquisition at Virgin Media: “We’re constantly looking to broaden our programming range with quality channels such as Al Jazeera’s and we’re pleased to announce the arrival of both to our TV service. Working in close partnership with Al Jazeera reaffirms our commitment to strengthen our line-up of international channels now and in the future.”