News24 to carry Al Jazeera content

6 May 2009

Leading South African digital news provider News24 has entered into a content syndication arrangement with Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour news and current affairs television channel headquartered in Qatar.

As part of the deal, News24 will publish daily video news bulletins from broadcast centres in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington on the News24 website.

“We see the addition of international breaking news from one of the largest English-language news channels as an opportunity for South Africans to gain further perspective on the world,” News24 editor Jannie Momberg said in a statement this week.

“Offering an alternative worldview, we hope that content from Al Jazeera informs and stimulates debate around current issues and events relevant to South Africans as citizens of the world.”

Numerous cultures, languages, religions

Presented as short, punchy news round-ups of two to three minutes, the stories from Al Jazeera will be visible online on News24’s World and Multimedia pages, as well as on certain mobile devices.

According to Nielsen’s NetRatings Market Intelligence, more than two million unique users visited News24 in March.

“South Africa is a country of numerous cultures, languages and religions, something that Al Jazeera tries to bridge as part of its news agenda,” said Al Jazeera global distribution director Phil Lawrie.

“Recognising the growing online population in South Africa, including mobile users, we see this partnership as an opportunity to contribute news from around the world to the benefit of the country’s digital citizenry.”

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