Magazine article Variety

Al Jazeera

Magazine article Variety

Al Jazeera

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The globally minded news org has been a trailblazer for Arab media. Now it's prepping a U.S. outlet

Nov. 1, 1996: Al Jazeera debuts, with six hours of programming out of Doha, Qatar.

1996: Becomes the first Arabic station to have Israelis as guests, often speaking in Arabic.

Dec. 16, 1998: Has reporters on the ground in Iraq during the four days of bombings by the U.S., with exclusive clips sold to Western media.

Jan. 1, 1999: Expands to 24-hour programming.

Jan. 2001: Becomes available in the U.K. for the first time, via News Corp.'s BSkyB.

Oct. 3, 2001: Pentagon awards contract to monitor "biases" onAUazeera and in other Arab media.

Oct. 7, 2001: .dire video statement from Osama bin Laden just hours after the U.S. begins assault on Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

Nov. 13, 2001: U.S. launches missile attack on Al Jazeera's offices in Kabul, but later says it was a mistake.

Aprile, 2003: U. …

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