Al-Jazeera English launching tomorrow on Freeview C89, airing live daily from 18:00 to 23:00.
Al Anstey, director of media development:
This is a breakthrough for us; it will give us substantial reach to more than 80% of homes in the UK. At three-and-a-half years old we are steadily gaining the reputation and trust and loyalty of our viewers. We offer distinctive content and there is a real appetite for high-quality news. The pain of the economy means the industry is less able to go out and do the job of covering news; this launch on Freeview shows our commitment.
Wadah Khanfar, director general:
Providing content to the widest possible audience free of charge is part of al-Jazeera's ongoing mandate and mission. With a large network of bureaux [more than 60] and with unique access to under-reported regions across the world, al-Jazeera English will bring a much needed international perspective to this important and diverse region.
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