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Monday, June 9, 2014

Al Jazeera suffers massive technical problems, 24-hour TV news channel moves news output from Doha to London.


South African and African TV viewers are wondering what's been happening with sudden changes to Al Jazeera (DStv 406 / StarSat 401) programming the past few days - it is the result of massive technical problems which saw Al Jazeera move news output from its headquarters in Doha to London in the United Kingdom.

Flagship shows like NewsHour are now done from the London studios, other shows and programming were simply cancelled, and Al Jazeera is not talking or being transparent about what caused and led to the technical meltdown.

The severe problems crippling Al Jazeera started on 2 June and Al Jazeera has still not returned to normal.

Al Jazeera is only saying that "Al Jazeera English is experiencing a major technical problem at its headquarters," but that "most programmes, including documentaries and talk shows are unaffected though".

"We are working around the clock to fix the issue, and have actioned a recovery plan that has made sure we've stayed on air during this problem".

"We are sorry about the situation and will advise when normal service has been resumed. In the meantime, our global storytelling has not changed, even if the schedule has".