Al-Jazeera plans British, French news channels
DOHA (AFP) - Qatar's Al-Jazeera television network said on Monday it was preparing to launch a news channel in Britain while studies are at an advanced stage for a French-language channel.
"We are currently working to launch a news channel from the United Kingdom," said the network's Director General Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani in Doha, adding it will be called Al-Jazeera UK.
The British channel will broadcast for five hours during prime time as a cut-in UK content aired on Al-Jazeera English channel, which was opened in 2006, an Al-Jazeera official told AFP.
Al-Thani also said that studies were at an "advanced stage" to launch a French-language channel aimed at "building bridges with other cultures and peoples."