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Al Jazeera English now available on Tata Sky too

Delhi,Media, Thu, 26 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Aiming to provide "high quality international news" to a wider Indian audience, Gulf-based Al Jazeera Network Thursday announced that its English network will also be shown across the country through Tata Sky.


The network, which is available in more than 130 countries to more than 260 million households worldwide, is already reaching out to Indian audiences through Dish TV and cable.


"We are already reaching 25 million households across India. India is a huge market. We come from Middle East but we give a global picture. We are also focussing on Africa and Latin America, which is not covered by others that much," Diana Hosker, head of distribution at Al Jazeera, said.


"We know there are many news channels, but we are confident that we can give the audience a different voice. The audience wants high quality international news, which gives the global picture and not just focused on a particular country or region. Our coverage of the Arab spring caught the attention of the viewers," she added.


The network, which got its broadcasting licence to operate in India in 2010, will not only be broadcasting its international feed, but also showcase India specific news stories of global relevance and interest. They will also showcase documentaries focusing on India-specific subjects.


About their tie-up with Tata Sky, Hosker said, through them they will be able to reach more households.


According to Nicola Bamford, chief content and business development officer at Tata Sky, despite so many news channels in India, audiences are always looking for international news that is truly global.


Tata Sky has nine million connections in India, according to Mukund Sharma, associate vice president (Content).


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