Al Jazeera English has become available for the first time to cable television viewers across New York.
Two Million Subscribers to Time Warner Cable (Channel 92) and Verizon FiOS in the New York City region will be able to tune into global news coverage all day and through the night. This has been made possible through cooperation with Regional News Network (RNN) on their RISE channel.
Al Jazeera English is already available to Time Warner Cable viewers this morning at 12:01am and will become available on Verizon FiOS in the coming days.
Al Jazeera English hailed the launch which they said brings "international news to an international city". The global news channel also released statistics on the large number of New Yorkers who are already regularly tuning into them through the internet.
“We're delighted to now be on televisions across New York,” said Al Anstey, Al Jazeera English’s Managing Director. “This launch has been fueled by viewer demand. We are already part of the media landscape here, with one in ten people having got information on events in America and the world from our website this year alone. We get more web traffic from New York than any other city on earth. Half a million New Yorkers are classed as regular visitors. Ever since our establishment, we’ve been committed to coverage of America and New York with a large bureau and team of journalists based in the city, so we’re delighted to now be broadcasting global news onto televisions throughout the global melting pot that is New York.”
Since February, cable and satellite providers have received more than 70,000 emails from Americans asking for access to the channel, with among the highest percentage of these emails coming from New York.