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Friday, February 11, 2011

Al Jazeera English Seeks To Expand Audience In U.S.

Many have lauded Al Jazeera for its expansive coverage of the protests in Egypt, but the network has also been accused of fanning the flames and urging on protesters.

Millions of people in the U.S. have tuned in to Al Jazeera’s English version for coverage of the protests on its website, since the channel is only available on American cable TV in Toledo, Ohio, Burlington, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

Al Jazeera English has now launched a campaign to convince cable providers that there’s a market for the network in the U.S.

We speak with Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He’s also author of “The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil,” he taught journalism in Cairo and he served as CBS Middle East correspondent in the 1980s.

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