Al Jazeera English fans ask providers for channel; MHz reports unsolicited pubcasting donations citing AJE coverage

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More than 10,000 e-mails have poured in to cable and satellite providers from Americans requesting that their cable and satellite providers carry the international news channel Al Jazeera English, the news org reported today (Feb. 5). The channel’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Egyptian revolution – which includes correspondents in the crowds that remain unnamed on the air to ensure their safety – has been getting a attention and praise from mainstream media outlets.

Programming from AJE is offered to public stations via MHz Networks on its WorldView channel. Viewer response to last week’s extended news coverage on public stations has been positive, MHz spokesperson Stephanie Misar tells Current. KSMQ in Austin, Minn., began receiving unsolicited donations Feb. 1 citing AJE, and KCET in Los Angeles and Colorado Public Television/KBDI in Denver are doing AJE promotions.

MHz Worldview, which includes AJE programming, is available in more than half the top-20 U.S. television markets, serving more than 35 million households through broadcast and cable affiliates. The Washington, D.C., market, home to MHz in Falls Church, Va., also has a dedicated channel for AJE.