Hypothetically, Can Aljazeera English survive on US Airwaves?

Hello, everyone, this is my first TV Live Viewpoint article and the following article on Aljazeera English is written based on a hypothetical situation.

That hypothetical situation being– When Aljazeera English does hit the US Airwaves in major TV Markets ( ie, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc..)- can it survive against the major players in the US cable news/opinion channels?

First of all, I understand that Aljazeera English does air in some cities of the US via PBS stations, Link TV, regional cable companies,  and MKZ Worldview ( with Washington DC being the most prominent) and can be seen online via internet stream on their website, LinkTV website  and on Livestation.com.

Second of all,  due to the evergoing crisis in Egypt, Aljazeera English is currently having its “CNN effect” or “CNN moment”- in which that Aljazeera English is now becoming the go-to place for continous news on Egypt, despite their news bureaus beign closed down and reporters beign detained.

And Third of all, Aljazeera English – or AJE for short- has a very infamous big brother- Aljazeera Arabic- which was built from the ashes of the original BBC Arabic channel which lasted from 1994 to 1996- which automatically has the effect of US viewers calling it a terrorist mouthpiece channel.

Let’s begin this hypothetical situation by saying that after AJE’s highly praised- and criticized- Egypt coverage, AJE is finally accepted by American viewers and AJE finally airs in all( or most) of the major markets in the US, that Americans now value AJE for what it is- a global news channel- and not for what they have been calling it- a terrorist mouthpiece or a propaganda/ smear campaign channel.

Now there’s the question- now that AJE finally airs in the US, can it regularly bring in viewers or will it have to undergo a format/programming change to make it more americanized?

Sure, the BBC, has been the number one foreign news source that Americans go to due to their easy accessibility to the American public, BBC World Service radio airs overnight on most NPR- affiliated and privately-owned public radio stations. Selections of BBC World News’ newscasts airs on PBS stations across the country and on the PBS World channel but can AJE be the next BBC- well known for their international coverage?

The American news market is a highly competitive market- one of the most in the world- and to many, the market seems over-crowded.

It is no longer the same when CNN and CNN2 ( today know as CNN Headline News and HLN) launched in 1980 and 1982 when they were the only people around the dial- Fox News Channel and the MSNBC channel ( a collaboration of NBC Universal and Microsoft) and now people no longer seem to want hard or straightforward news anymore.

According to the Nielsen rating system, Fox News Channel regularly beats all of its competitors- including HLN which switched to a more tabloidish feel but is more fast-paced and CNN is regularly left in the dust by MSNBC and even its sister HLN.

Aljazeera English will not fall under most basic cable packages and will be in the extended cable packages so even if AJE does make it to cable will anyone watch it?

In the tough times people are facing these days, and will people buy the extended cable package or satellite TV coverage for Aljzeera English?

 

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The 33 Miners are free, and all is back to normal

On October 14th, 2010 after two months, nine days and eight hours, all 33 miners of the San Jose mine were released and now in hospital waiting to be reconnected with their families.

During the entire ordeal, the world joined together praying that they are back safe and sound , some countries sending materials to help build the Phoenix 2 and some leaders sent messages of support to the Chilean people. Journalists from Russia, The Middle East, and the rest of the world worked together in Chile, put their differences aside and kept their eyes glued to Chilean TV stations covering the ordeal.

The way they were able to maintain hope after not having a good meal and being stuck underground for over two months when most people would give up is absolutely ingenious and proves the pride of the Chilean people is strong and can survive during the most difficult times. For a brief moment, no one was watching or recapping shows that are without a doubt ridiculous and a huge waste of time or were worried about minimal things. During the time, people actually took the time to care about this story rather than talk about what happened at the last sporting game or reality show or scream at each other over the latest issue ( e.g: Ground Zero Mosque, Political Debates, etc..). I was proud of that moment because this shows that people can all get along well with others regardless of race, sex, or lifestyle without screaming at each other’ throats over any Conflicts they may have.

I, for one, wish, this behavior to last but it will not. I would like people to behave like this on a regular basis. It Doesn’t need a group of miners stuck underground to bring out Unity and the best of people.
Eventually, We will all be back to do what we always do, screaming at each other, watching Trashy TV and doing other unnecessary things.

I Just wish that the behavior will last- at least until the end of the year.

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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 5-11

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 11. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel rose from #7 to #6 in its 26th week on the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list.

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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 29-September 4

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 4. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel dropped from #6 to #7 in its 25th week on the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list.

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Slater mum on noggin bump

Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who became an international icon for having a bad day when he cursed out passengers after arrival JFK and fled via the emergency chute, declined to explain why passengers have said he already had a cut on his head when they boarded the flight. An unidentified passenger opening a luggage compartment onto his head reportedly sparked Slater’s meltdown.

“I can’t say anything about it,” the New York Post quoted Slater as saying. Meanwhile, he finally got some time to relax with a visit to Rockaway Beach over the weekend and TMZ reported that the beer he grabbed before sliding to freedom was Blue Moon.

8 Spectators Killed In Off-Road Race

An off-road truck has ploughed into spectators at a night rally in southern California, killing eight people. Twelve others were injured – with some airlifted to hospital. The driver had to flee the crash site when the crowd turned against him. It’s thought he lost control of the vehicle after mistiming a jump at the start of the race. The annual California 200 event attracts thousands to watch dune buggy-style cars leap different obstacles.

According to the AP, it took rescue workers “more than a half-hour to reach the remote location of the California 200 in the Mojave Desert near Lucerne Valley.”

Here’s how one spectator described the scene:

“All I saw was the dust, and then I saw about 30 people on the ground. It was just brutal,’’ Musgrave, 43, told The Times. “The problem is the crowd was just too close. I don’t think the [racer] did anything stupid. He just hit it way too hard.”

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, July 11-17

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on July 17. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel dropped from #1 to #4 in its 18th week on the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list. Three Blackest Night graphic novels from DC Comics took the top three spots instead. This was only the second time since its release in March that it was not the #1 book; it dropped to #2 for one week in April.

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