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Al Jazeera English now reaches 250 million households

December 22, 2011 |  4:04 pm

Al Jazeera English now reaches 250 million homes
It's a week of achievements for Al Jazeera English. In addition to receiving a duPont Award, the network announced Thursday that it now reaches 250 million homes — 5 million of those being in the U.S.

Five years after its launch, there are 130 countries that carry Al Jazeera English, but in the U.S., the channel has limited availability; it can be found on cable systems in Washington, D.C.; New York; Burlington, Vt.; Toledo, Ohio; and, recently, Chicago and in Los Angeles on KCET. And while the U.S. makes up a fraction of the quarter-billion households, it is a major source of AJE's Web traffic, totaling 40%, according to the network.  

And its presence in the U.S. will increase with the opening of its Chicago bureau — it joins D.C., New York, Miami and Los Angeles. 

The milestone marks an already impressive year for the international news network. Earlier this week, it was recognized with a duPont Award — its first ever — for its report about the slow recovery response and reconstruction in Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. And the network has been heralded this year for its coverage of the Arab Spring by The National and other outlets.

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo credit: Al Jazeera English