Al Jazeera gets US radio outlet


Pacifica Radio has announced that it will now carry news coverage from Al Jazeera English. The broadcast of one hour of news daily from Al Jazeera began this week on three Pacifica-owned stations.

The non-profit Pacifica Foundation said carrying Al Jazeera was “in keeping with its promise to promote understanding and help reduce the causes of conflict between different peoples.”

Al Jazeera English broadcasts from the four strategic locations of Doha, Qatar; Washington, DC; London, England; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Al Jazeera English has 65 bureaus around the world.

Listener-supported Pacifica will initially broadcast one hour of news from Al Jazeera English in three markets – at 6:00 am Monday through Friday starting Monday, December 6th on KPFA-FM Berkeley-San Francisco; and at 5:00 am starting Tuesday, December 7th on WBAI-FM New York and KPFT-FM Houston.  Starting in January, content from Al Jazeera English will be carried by WPFW-FM Washington DC and KPFK-FM Los Angeles, and it will also subsequently be made available to Pacifica network affiliates.

“Al Jazeera English’s news and programming is an exciting addition to our current line-up of thought-provoking programming,” said Arlene Engelhardt, executive director of the Pacifica Foundation. “It is part of our mission at Pacifica to act as a bridge between cultures and to present stories that are too often overlooked by other media in the United States. Al Jazeera English is a truly global channel, and we are pleased to provide this important news service to our dedicated listeners throughout the country.”

“Broadcasting on Pacifica Radio allows us to bring Al Jazeera English’s acclaimed news content to an even wider audience in the United States,” said Al Anstey, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera began in 1996 as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world. Al Jazeera English launched in 2006.