Al Jazeera Meets American Resistance

Its English-language news channel can't find a U.S. carrier, but that won't stop its launch

When executives for broadcaster Al Jazeera first planned a new 24-hour English language channel, the idea was to offer viewers an alternative to CNN (TWX), the BBC, and other Western news outlets. They hired such heavyweight talent as veteran TV host Sir David Frost to lend cachet. What they didn't prepare for was the cold shoulder they would receive in the U.S.

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