23 June 2008
al-Jazeera cable news debate in Vermont
The English al-Jazeera news channel, headquartered in Qatar, is, with the BBC World and CNN International, one of the three largest English-language news channels in the world, reaching over 100 million households.
However, it is generally not available (except via satellite) in the United States, because cable companies refuse to include it. One exception is the cable company in Burlington, Vermont, which is owned by the community itself. Now some people are demanding that al-Jazeera be dropped from the cable menu. Burlington has been holding public debates and discussions on the topic, and so far the preponderance of opinion is to retain the channel.
Embedded above is a television report on the controversy in Burlington - as covered by al-Jazeera itself.
(credit to Neatorama)
Labels: world geopolitics