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Al Jazeera Swahili "poaching" BBC talent. Al Jazeera Balkans building "glass studio."

Posted: 11 Sep 2011

Variety, 10 Sept 2011, Christopher Vourlias: "Al-Jazeera, already a mainstay in Africa, has announced plans to launch a Swahili-language news network next year based in Nairobi, where Al-Jazeera English already has an East African bureau. According to local sources, Al-Jazeera has begun an aggressive recruitment drive to staff the new bureau. The move is part of the Qatari-owned net's global expansion that will also include new channels broadcast in Turkish and Spanish. Execs at Al-Jazeera are tight-lipped about the Swahili station, confirming only that it will launch in 2012. ... The deep-pocketed Qataris are already rumored to be poaching talent from Kenyan competitors, as well as the BBC's Swahili radio service. ... The new net should capitalize on the growing popularity of Al-Jazeera English, which many East African viewers consider to be more objective than Western competitors like the BBC and CNN."

Qvest Media press release, 9 Sept 2011: "The Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera is further expanding its international portfolio. The broadcaster is planning to go on air with a new news channel for the Balkan region in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. As a leading system integrator, Qvest Media has been commissioned by Al Jazeera to handle the implementation of all the associated technical studio, production and broadcasting capacities. ... Once construction is complete, Al Jazeera will report live with about 100 staff on-site in the local languages from a glass studio with news spanning the various regions."

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