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Singtel inks partnership with Al Jazeera English for mio TV

Customers can now watch the channel on mio TV and on their mobile phones

Singapore, 26 February 2008 – Singtel and Al Jazeera Network today announced partnership details to broadcast Al Jazeera English on mio TV.  As the first English language global news and current affairs channel based in the Middle East, Al Jazeera English will start broadcasting in Singapore exclusively from 1 March 2008 with mio TV on channel 43. The partnership allows mio TV subscribers exclusive access to the channel’s groundbreaking content. Subscribers to mio TV can also choose to watch the channel streamed ‘live’ on their 3G mobile phones in April 2008.

Al Jazeera English broadcasts from the Middle East to over 100 million households worldwide, making it one of the leading players in international news. As the channel of record for Middle East events, and with broadcast centres strategically placed in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC, Al Jazeera English balances the global information flow from South to North with independent, impartial journalism, giving voice to alternative perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.
 
Especially noteworthy are Al Jazeera’s acclaimed news anchors; Veronica Pedrosa was named ‘Best News Anchor’ at the ninth Asian Television Awards 2004 and brings 15 years of international news experience to Al Jazeera English and David Foster is a veteran in the business with 34 years of experience as a journalist.
 
Speaking on the new alliance, Low Ka Hoe, Director of mio TV and Content said: “We are extremely pleased to be the first to bring Al Jazeera to Singapore audiences. We have enormous respect for Al Jazeera’s unique offerings and capabilities to cover news from the Middle East and around the world.
 
Low added: “By offering Al Jazeera English on mio TV as well on mobile phones, we enable our customers to catch the latest news and programmes at any time, even when on the go.”
 
Phil Lawrie, Al Jazeera Network’s Director of Global Distribution commenting on the agreement stated: “Our partnership with Singtel to launch Al Jazeera English on mio TV is an exceptional event in Singapore. The channel’s unrivalled access to the centres of global news allows us extensive reach into news from the Middle East and across the world. This is another excellent step forward in Asia, a key region in which Al Jazeera English is experiencing huge audience demand.”
 
Subscription details for Al Jazeera English Channel on mio TV
  • Al Jazeera English on mio TV Channel 43 – available on a monthly basis at $5.35/month or on a twelve months basis at $4.28/month
  • Al Jazeera English on 3G Mobile Phone (available on Singtel’s IDEAS WAP Portal April 2008) – available on a monthly basis at $3.21/month or via pay-per-used access at $0.54 per access
All prices are inclusive of GST.
Current mio TV subscribers can subscribe to Al Jazeera English directly by using the mio TV on-screen interface or by contacting the Singtel Hotline at 1800 555 6000 from Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 6.00pm. For new subscribers, sign-ups for mio TV services are available at any hello! store or at Singtel Exclusive Retailers.

About mio TV
mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from Singtel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want. Currently, mio TV offers a total of 44 channels from a wide range of genres as well asSingapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.
Singtel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.  Together with its regional partners, it serves about 158 million mobile customers in eight markets. For more information visit www.singtel.com/miotv

About Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera English is the world’s first English language news channel to be headquartered in theMiddle East. Broadcasting from the Middle East. Launched in 2006 Al Jazeera English is setting the global news agenda and acts as a bridge between cultures. With unique access as the channel of reference for Middle East events, and broadcast centres strategically placed around the world in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC, Al Jazeera English is balancing the information flow from South to North, providing independent and impartial news for a global audience from a grass roots level, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.
 
Al Jazeera started out over eleven years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. In 2006, Al Jazeera was ranked by brandchannel.com as the most recognizable and influential television broadcast news brand globally.  As a result of its expansion and the creation of new channels and services, Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation. The Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Arabic channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera.net (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.
Visit www.aljazeera.net/english for more details.