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15/01/03
BBC Plans for War with Al-Jazeera Tie-Up
- Qatar station cuts deal with Britain's broadcaster of record

AS THE US and Britain plan for war with Iraq, Britain's own national broadcasting giant, the BBC, is making war manouvers of its own.

The BBC has agreed a deal with leading Middle-East broadcaster al-Jazeera (the Peninsula), famous for its contacts with Osama bin Laden. Qatar-based al-Jazeera is the most watched news station in the Middle-East, but the BBC's decision to make it a partner is likely to upset politicans in both Britain and the US, especially when the bullts start flying in Iraq.

News organisations were kept on a tight-leash by army commanders during the American-led invasion of Afghanistan last year and it seems the BBC is determined to lever for itself more openings this time round, hence the al-Jazeera deal.

"By working alongside al-Jazeera, we will be able to provide an even more comprehensive service to BBC audiences around the world," said Adrian van Klaveren, news chief at BBC News.

As part of the tie-up, the BBC will help al-Jazeera develop an English language on-line presence.



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