Al Jazeera English has been added to Bell ExpressVu today.
Harkens back 20 - 30 years, to when even the mass media were still fiercely committed to the principles of real journalism.
Al Jazeera English (AJE) should be mandatory viewing for every student and every buck reporter out trying to earn their stripes.
If we could now just convince Bell to also add TeleSUR, the pan-latin-american equivalent.
Just as AJE have culled the finest reporters from national broadcasters all over the world, including BBC, CBC, Australia, and Asia ,etc., TeleSUR has done the same with reporters from all over Central and South America.
What a breath of fresh air compared to CBC, CNN and yes, even BBC!
If you are interested in giving AJE a whirl, call ExpressVu in the normal way at 1-888-759-3474, and if the agent who answers seems oblivious to the new channel, just ask to be escalated to Level-2 regarding Channel 516.
The service is so new (today - late yesterday) the agents have to use a manual (hard copy) registration form and pass it through to programming manually. They call it an 'Add On' and it costs just $3.00 per month.
The whole registration process is refered to internally by ExpressVu staff as an 'Offline Request' because it hasn't been entered in their automated ordering system yet.
In addition to the basic news service each hour, I strongly recommend figuring out when 'Witness' and their other documentary series are scheduled. You will be astonished. It's like finally having a 'Fifth Estate' or 'W-5' type program from the rest of the world instead of only from our often monotonous North American and Euro- Centric point of view.
If we can add TeleSUR, we will only be a half-continent short of a truly global broadcasting service: sub-Saharan Africa.
Would appreciate comment from any of you who share this prespective.