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Thursday, April 19, 2007 

Al Jazeera

Some of the delicious Al Jazeera English programmes now have their own dedicated page on YouTube.

It means you can watch some of AJE's fantastic feature programming just a day or two after transmission.

Right now, the Fabulous Picture Show (Amanda Palmer's alternative movie programme, made at London's beautiful Everyman Cinema Club, at the top of Hampstead hill) is up. So is travel guide '48' (where the same Amanda Palmer spends forty-eight hours in one city, visiting the parts few tourists get to see - her first one was in Damascus, it is well worth a watch ... Part 1 and Part 2).

FPS and 48 represent everything AJE stands for: wonderfully shot, diverse content. I hope they never give up features to make more room for rolling news.

Other shows worth checking out are the Listening Post, a sideways look at how the world's media deals with the stories of the week. Watching them watching us.

Then there's Rageh Omaar's independent documentary strand Witness.

And Everywoman meets women in religion, society, politics, education and the arts.

People and Power deals with the stuggle of the individual, and civil society against ingrained authority (yesterday, there was a report on the ENA, France's 'political school' where 7 out of the last 10 prime ministers have come from - the argument: politics won't change even if the parties change, because they all have an 'ENA' way of thinking).

Star appointments David Frost and Riz Khan also have their slots. They're joined by Inside Iran, 101 East (on the Asia Pacific).

Well worth a watch. And if it's news you're after, you can watch Al Jazeera live here.

No, there's no professional bias in this post whatsoever. I don't know what you're talking about! Honest.


Excellent! I'll check this out. I actually got as far as their HR department once and had a good chat with one of their staff about roles. Sigh...one can dream!

Hi Sasa.
This seems to be a minor step in progress: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/19/AR2007041902356.html?nav=rss_politics
Maybe you should post it ;)

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