From the network that brought you exclusive video of Osama bin Laden directly following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, comes a new network exclusively for children.
By the end of next year, the Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera television network plans to launch an English-language channel aimed at kids ages 7 to 15 that will be a mix of syndicated shows and original programming dubbed into English from the Arabic-language Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, which has been on the air since 2005.
Those behind the channel say it will share the same “edutainment” values found on PBS and the BBC. Among the offerings will be a cartoon called Saladin, which is told from the perspective of a Muslim warrior about the Crusades, a documentary, Still Alive in Gaza, about Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip, and The Qu’ran Recitation Contest in which kid contestants recite the Muslim holy book from memory. Other planned programming includes children oriented science shows.
Al Jazeera initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs channel that has since expanded into several outlets. It grew to worldwide prominence following 9/11 when it covered the war in Afghanistan from its offices. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Al Jazeera provided more informative news coverage than other media outlets.
Executives are currently in discussion with Time Warner and Comcast to distribute the children’s channel in the United States.
Are you looking forward to getting Al Jazeera Children’s Channel in your home?