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Al Jazeera moves frequency to dodge interference

Al Jazeera, the Qatar based global media network, has announced a new frequency on the Arabsat satellite in an attempt to avoid continued interference to its transmissions, BroadbandTvNews reports.

The Director of Technology, Al Jazeera Network, Saeed Bawazir said that the move was prompted by the sustained interference on the Al Jazeera satellite transmissions over the last few months. He added that such  occurrences will only strengthen the commitment of the organization to continue providing its award-winning coverage across the region 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The network has been troubled by what it describes as “sustained interference” over the last 12 months, which it says is part of an attempt to disrupt its broadcasts across the Middle East and North Africa.

Similar transmission interferences were reported on a wide scale during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Some African organizations, holders of the broadcasting rights, complained of blocked or distorted signal during live coverage of the “beautiful game”.