Al Jazeera English seals deal for Caribbean cable carriage
Editor | 22-04-2014
The Al Jazeera English global news network has revealed plans to expand throughout the Caribbean in a carriage deal with Columbus Communications, which operates the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brand across the region.
Previously aired by Columbus in Trinidad and Curacao, Al Jazeera English will now have reach in Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. The channel has recently reported widely from the region, including the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the impact of climate change and the controversial slavery reparations called for by Caribbean leaders. Al Jazeera English also premiered Viewfinder Latin America, profiles independent Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers narrating the impact of global events to local communities.
"We are delighted to bring our comprehensive, in-depth and award-winning news and programmes to the Caribbean in partnership with Columbus Communications," commented Amjad Atallah, Regional Director for Al Jazeera Media Network in the Americas. "This expansion demonstrates our commitment to the Americas and to its diverse cultures and voices, and further represents our steady growth since our Caribbean launch in 2011."
"We are pleased to partner with Al Jazeera to bring additional compelling and relevant content to the Caribbean," added Rhea Yaw Chin, Corporate Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Columbus. Columbus will continue to secure agreements with local and international content providers to ensure that the demands of our Caribbean viewers are met and that our customers continue to have access to the most relevant content available in the market."