Now Playing in D.C.: Al Jazeera


Looks like MHz Networks has the courage to carry Al Jazeera English in the D.C. Market:

Al Jazeera English (AJE), the award-winning 24-hour global news and current affairs channel broadcast in more than 100 countries, has joined independent, non-commercial broadcaster MHz Networks’ prestigious international channel line-up in Washington, D.C.

Like MHz’s other international networks, AJE programming will be added in two forms. Beginning April 29, D.C. metro area viewers will be able to watch an evening newscast, anchored from AJE’s Washington, D.C., news bureau, at 10 p.m. on MHz Networks primary local channel known as MHz Networks 1/MHz Worldview D.C.

Then, beginning July 1, AJE will be broadcast 24 hours per day, seven days per week as “MHz Networks 5,” joining nine other international networks that MHz broadcasts and cablecasts in the region.

“It was important for us to broaden the range of world news that we bring to Washington, D.C.,” says Frederick Thomas, chief executive of MHz Networks. “AJE also fits perfectly inside of our mission and I think viewers are going to find it a reliable and top-quality source for news.”

It only took 30 months to get distribution. MHz Networks is also available via direct broadcast satellite in D.C. (DirecTV    2183/972 and Dish Network 8077/8084)

Meanwhile, the "Backyard Teleport" guy from Staten Island is going to jail for 6 years. Entertaining report on Gawker:

So this guy in Staten Island is going to prison for six years because he sold a satellite TV package of Arab news stations that included Al Manar, which is Hezbollah’s TERROR CHANNEL.

The prosecutors call him "Hezbollah’s man in New York City," because he offered this channel, which is apparently TERRORISM. He also sold porn, so you know he’s basically an Islamic fundamentalist and an amoral big city commie.

This America-hater’s punishment won’t end after his prison term, of course!

Iqbal, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, will most likely be deported once he has completed his prison sentence, Dratel said. Iqbal, a former car mechanic, is married with five children and a sixth child due in July.

 Go figure.