Al Jazeera wins Turkish carriage x 2

Both the Al Jazeera news channels - Arabic and English - have gained carriage on Turkey's fast-expanding digital cable system. Signals are being beamed to head-ends from Turksat.

“The continued expansion of our reach in Turkey is integral to our growth in the region and our international distribution efforts,” said Phil Lawrie, Al Jazeera Network's Director of Global Distribution. “This new digital cable platform will allow our viewers in the region to watch our channel in high quality and will be accessible to all subscribers of Turksat's 'big basic' package.”

Bridging Europe and Asia, and with a population of 70m, Turkey is a key market for the broadcaster. Both Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic are already carried on Turksat's free-to-air satellite DTH platform (reaching 6m households) and Al Jazeera English is carried on Digiturk's DTH service (reaching 2m households).