Riz Khan to join Al Jazeera International

Riz Khan, will host an interactive interview show for Al Jazeera International — the new 24-hour, English language news and current affairs channel that is set to broadcast globally from early next year.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  May 23, 2005

Renowned journalist, Riz Khan, will host an interactive interview show for Al Jazeera International — the new 24-hour, English language news and current affairs channel that is set to broadcast globally from early next year. Khan’s new show, live daily from Washington DC, will feature world leaders, newsmakers and celebrities in a question and answer format led by viewer participation. The show will allow viewers to directly talk to newsmakers with their questions. “I think we are at a turning point where viewers across the world are looking for a fresh approach to news and information,” says Khan. “Al Jazeera brings together all the pieces to provide a complete picture on global issues. I’m excited to have this chance to build something so new and influential from the ground up.” After an extensive journalistic career at the BBC, Khan helped to launch BBC World Service Television News in 1991, hosting the very first show as the channel went on air. He joined CNN in 1993, where he became a senior anchor and launched his world renowned, interactive Q&A format. “Al Jazeera International is all about revolutionising viewer choice. I’ve now got the chance to offer viewers around the globe a much-needed voice on the world stage. Imagine, a person at any level in society, in almost any country, having the chance to talk directly with a President or a Prime Minister, or even a global celebrity. It’s a wonderfully honest and equal opportunity for people — something still uncommon in broadcasting.” Al Jazeera International will launch in early 2006, and is already hiring staff for its broadcast centres.

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