Independent research has shown Al Jazeera Arabic is firmly the most watched pan-Arab news channel.
According to audience data produced for Q1 2013 by Ipsos and Sigma, the channel exceeds the combined total viewership of all other pan-Arab channels. Al Jazeera’s daily viewership across the MENA region was 34 per cent higher than all the other Pan-Arab channels combined. The research also indicated that Al Jazeera occupied all Top 10 slots in the rankings for news programmes.
Commenting on the statistics, Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, said: “Al Jazeera is grateful to its viewers for their continued trust, especially as they have even with more channels from which to choose. Where we were once the only free media outlet in the region, now many local channels have launched in the post-revolutionary context. We’ve embraced and supported this, as more free journalism is best for everyone.