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Al Jazeera move into Balkans 5, April 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Al-Jazeera.
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The National reports that Al Jazeera news international are seeking to expand into the Balkans. They are in the process of buying Studio 99, a TV and radio station in financial difficulties based in Sarajevo. Reports suggest that Al Jazeera will pay roughly £150,000 for the station, which they are expected to use as a regional base.

This is, as The National point out, but a part of Al Jazeera’s recent expansion.

– July 2009 – Al Jazeera finally break into the US market

– November 2009 – Al Jazeera bought Arab Radio and Television, unequivocally making it the Middle East and North Africa’s biggest sports broadcaster.

This news will find a mixed reception in the West. Some view Al Jazeera as something of an insidious propaganda machine spreading extremism, whereas others take a more moderate view.

Hat Tip: ML