Al Jazeera for i Phone, i Pad and Apple Watch brings you curated top stories, live and on-demand video and personalisation from Al Jazeera English, free of charge.
Follow our global coverage of the topics and programmes that interest you and share your favourite stories and videos on popular social networks.
Initially launched as an Arabic news and current-affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty television channels in multiple languages.
Al Jazeera is a major global news organization, with 80 bureaus around the world.
(Compare the Arabic name al-Jazira (Arabic: الجزيرة "the island") for Upper Mesopotamia, another area of land almost entirely surrounded by water.) Al Jazeera Satellite Channel, now known as AJA, was launched on 1 November 1996 following the closure of the BBC's Arabic language television station, a joint venture with Orbit Communications Company.
The BBC channel had closed after a year and a half when the Saudi government attempted to suppress information, including a graphic report on executions and prominent dissident views.
At the time of Al Jazeera's launch Arabsat was the only satellite broadcasting to the Middle East, and for the first year could only offer Al Jazeera a weak C-band transponder that needed a large satellite dish for reception.Al Jazeera was also becoming a favorite sounding board for militant groups such as Hamas and Chechen separatists.Al Jazeera was the only international news network to have correspondents in Iraq during the Operation Desert Fox bombing campaign in 1998.Al Jazeera's global footprint continues to grow and now broadcasts to more than 220 million households on six continents in more than 100 countries.What's New- Share stories on Facebook, Twitter, and email- Add and remove social accounts and update weather location through settings- Upload photos and videos directly to Al Jazeera through the new Your Media section- Listen to live audio broadcast- View weather forecasts by location- Easily delete articles from the My News section- Save stories to My News for easy access- View comments that have been added to stories by website viewers Features of this app:- All the latest news, features, spotlight, opinion and blogs from Al Jazeera English- Programmes videos and information for the latest shows- News video clips- 24 hour free access to the live broadcast- Breaking news alerts- In Pictures gallery- Send your media to Al Jazeera- Search articles- Preload articles Note: This app features content from Al Jazeera English.