A week after it began, Al Jazeera’s World News Tonight is the most watched news programme on the planet.
The program is produced by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is owned by the UK’s state-owned Al Jazeera, and the US-based News Corporation.
The network was founded by Al Jazeera founder and CEO Basel Thawadi in 1996 and is broadcast in more than 120 countries.
The channel’s news coverage has grown significantly in the past decade, from about 200 shows in 2012 to more than 1,000 today.
“The news has been more accessible to a lot of people,” said Thawad.
“You have more choice when it comes to what you are going to read.”
Al Jazeera launched the World News Today programme in 2011 and launched a new version in January.
“What is more interesting is the way it is being translated,” said Ali Elsayed, a senior programme editor at Al Jazeera.
“We’re not just telling a story, we are also making it more accessible.”
Elsaid said that when World News Tomorrow airs in the US, it is more relevant to people who live in the city of New York, which hosts Al Jazeera America.
“It’s not just about the US but about the world,” Elsamed said.
“That’s a bigger part of the conversation than just news.”
The programme has been embraced by many in the media industry, with the BBC, US broadcaster ABC News and several media companies paying for the rights to show it.
“When we look at what Al Jazeera is doing it’s a reflection of the times and what’s happening,” said Richard Branson, the Virgin founder and owner of the US Virgin Islands.
“People are looking for news and information that is not necessarily filtered through the corporate media.”
Branson said that, “from a commercial point of view, it’s brilliant.”
He said that he had been in touch with Al Jazeera executives to find out if there were any issues with the programme.
“I would love to see it be broadcast in other countries, but there is certainly no objection,” he said.
Al Jazeera said that World News tomorrow will be aired on Thursday.
“As soon as we get it back we’ll be broadcasting it on Thursday,” a World News spokesman said.
A year ago, Al Hayat reported that the programme was on its way to being cancelled.
The Al Jazeera executive said that the channel was “very pleased with the reception” and that the next edition would be broadcast as planned.
But Al Jazeera says that the story will be a “major hit” and it is planning to bring it back.
“World News Tomorrow will be available in English, Arabic and Chinese,” the Al Hayats quoted Thawady as saying.
“In a couple of months it will be on air in English and Arabic.”