ARY Digital Network to launch Aljazeera Urdu


As part of its constant efforts to broaden its viewer ship base, Aljazeera Channel has announced the launch a new channel Aljazeera Urdu. Aljazeera Channel is launching this Urdu service in a joint venture with ARY Digital Network, the worlds largest Urdu Television Network that has a spread of 11 channels broadcasting into the Sub Continent, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Initially we are targeting the Urdu-speaking population in Pakistan, and then the dubbed service will spread to the Indian subcontinent as well as Urdu speakers in the United States and Europe , said Mr. Hamad Yehya, Aljazeera Channel’s Marketing Director. Aljazeera Channel and ARY Digital Network will launch and distribute the new Urdu servicenot only in Pakistan but globally. The channel will provide Urdu-speaking viewers with hourly news bulletins, breaking news, exclusive programs and interviews in addition to other contents dubbed in Urdu.

The news report puts the population of Urdu speaking as 110 million but if I am not mistaken isn’t it that Urdu (pure, average & mix) speaking & understanding population figures to well above 500 million?. Anyways the more international standard channels we have the more quality will improve specially in reporting & news. Read full story. . .

Al Jazeera introduced a level of freedom of speech on TV that was previously unheard of in many of Gulf countries. Al Jazeera presented controversial views regarding the governments of many Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar; it also presented controversial views about Syria’s relationship with Lebanon, and the Egyptian judiciary. Critics accused Al Jazeera of sensationalism in order to increase its audience share. Al Jazeera’s broadcasts have sometimes resulted in drastic action: For example, on 27 January 1999, Al Jazeera had critics of the Algerian government on during their live program The Opposite Direction. The Algerian government cut the electricity supply to at least large parts of the capital Algiers (and allegedly to large parts of the country), to prevent the program from getting seen.Read more about it here.

11 Comments so far

  1. shaDy (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

    If al-jazeera english is any standard to go by, this channel is going to rock. they have the most unbiased way of reporting news and they cover the most interesting stories that cnn, fox and even the bbc don’t bother telling the world about.

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    english aljazeera is banned and urdu version is being lanched. Funny!

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    if ARY One world news team is involved in this project then its simply doomed even before its initiation …

  4. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    Indeed, ARY ruined FashionTV and Nick. The company destroyed the appeal for these channels. I hope AlJazeera URDU would be as great as its English counterpart. It makes us look around the world rather than American-UK politics.

    Moreover, ARY is looking forward towards AXN Pakistan and Nat-Geo Pakistan.

  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    English Aljazeera’s BANNED? When ? Here its still coming … Anyways I had hopes with Aljazeera and waited for some 3 months to ave it launched finally but It’s a lil bit of disappointment, as a whole … lets see how this URDU service goes …!

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    asma, yes it’s banned by my provider[satcomm]. Maybe it’s reopened now as I asked them an year back. I will reconfirm then today.

  7. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    It was coming at our side but i missed it ….
    Will set it properly again….

  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

    But aljazeera english was launched in MID NOVEMBER not an year back … ?? In islamabad its UP … since its start…!

  9. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

    @A for [pine]apple

    See…..after all its Islamabad….

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    asma, pardon me as I mixed arabic version with english, also forgive me for my volatile memory.

  11. Auricle (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    Yeah! man.. i was really happy to tune in to Aljazeera English. No doubt it is reporting important news which Rupert Murdoch & the gang ignore. Does anyone know where Aljazeera Urdu test signal is showing?

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