Al Jazeera English launched on November 15, 2006 is a Qatar-based international news station funded by Qatari government. Though the channel is headquartered in Qatar, it also operates form its London Bureau to produce some of its segments for more convenience. Al Jazeera Documentary Chanel, Al Jazeera Mubasher, AJ+ and Al Jazeera Balkans are the siblings of the AJ English.
AJE signed on air in Nov 2006 however the service was originally planned premier was in June 2006 which was delayed because of the late delivery of HDTV technology. The name of the station was also changed in the final moments from Al Jazeera International to Al Jazeera English: AJE. Upon its launch AJE reached to 80m households which was double than the original target of 40m set by the management. AJE is carried to over 130m domestic households globally ad is available in 100+ countries via satellite and cable subscriptions.
Developing a good repute in European audiences, the station was unable to attract the desired response in US mainly because of the fact that it used the one satellite transmission following its launch. The trend was changed when it entered the North American market and went online. It stretched its reach to New York in Aug 2011 while having prior presence in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Ohio. It primarily utilizes online streaming services to serve the viewership in United States. AJE is available to Canadian audiences since 2009 following the approval of its distribution by CRTC: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which allowed Rogers, Bell TV and other carriers to spread the Qatar-based broadcaster in North America.
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