Al Jazeera fills out Intl. roster

CNN, BBC, CNBC journos joining bureaus

It’s full steam ahead for Al Jazeera Intl.

English-language news channel is gearing up for its long-awaited launch, disclosing its full lineup of bureaus and reporters at Mipcom last week.

Joining the already-announced Dave Marsh, Ruiz Khan and David Frost are CNN’s Rule Amen and Mike Hanna, the BBC’s Jacky Rowland and CNBC’s Rob Reynolds.

Qatar-based satcaster will have four global broadcast centers in Doha, London, Washington and Kuala Lumpur, with 20 more offices worldwide. AJI will also share the resources of the Arabic-language channel’s existing 42 bureaus.

Additional offices are planned once the news channel bows. That’s expected to be sometime in November, coinciding with the 10th anni of the original Al Jazeera.

“Together with the Arabic channel we will have more than 60 bureaus around the world,” says managing editor Omar Bec. “We will be the channel of reference for the Middle East and Africa.”

Execs at the station hope to reach some 40 million households around the world, including the U.S., from day one.

Meanwhile, execs at Al Jazeera Children’s Channel celebrated the channel’s first anni with an estimated reach of 23 countries across the Mideast and a further 45 across Europe.

JCC execs are looking to expand onto platforms in North and South America.

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