New Al Jazeera channel launched

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, April 15, 2007 (AFP) - A new documentary television channel launched by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network aims at fostering ties between different peoples and cultures, director general Wadah Khanfar said Sunday.

CANNES, France, April 15, 2007 (AFP) - A new documentary television channel launched by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network aims at fostering ties between different peoples and cultures, director general Wadah Khanfar said Sunday.

Khanfar said the dedicated documentary channel, AJD, launched at the beginning of the year will focus on major issues and less well reported stories from both Arab speaking regions and elsewhere.

This "will open a new window on the human experience, wherever it might be," which "will provide another avenue for mutual understanding between peoples and cultures," he told participants attending an influential two-day documentary marketplace in Cannes, MIPDOC, held on the eve of world's largest broadcasting and audiovisual trade shows, MIPTV/MILIA.

There is a real need "to delve behind the story" in today's media culture of immediacy where complex issues are often covered in a very superficial way, Khanfar said.

"We are trying to give our Arab audiences a better understanding and depth of major issues, he explained, adding that they were "living in one of the most difficult zones of the world."

AJD is the latest addition to Al Jazeera's burgeoning stable of TV channels that include an English-language news channel as well as a children's channel.

These new additions, added to its widely-known Arabic news channel, have built the network into a regional media powerhouse.


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