Monday, 28 March 2016
Al-Jazeera to make massive job cuts
Al-Jazeera rose to prominence as it foolishly screened militant jihadists' snuff videos, presumably in a deliberate bid to gain publicity. However, the station soon settled down to become that with the greatest coverage of world events on terrestrial television, exceeding BBC News Channel. BBC remains the most impartial of all news media, but al-Jazeera after allowing for a slight bias towards Sunni Muslim régimes was close behind and ahead of the field dominated by special interests. I still feel deprived by al-Jazeera's decision to shift its UK transmissions to High Definition only. Now falling oil revenues compel the station's owners to make further cuts. The job losses are reported to be largely at the Dohar HQ but they must also impact its global news-gathering.