Al Jazeera Media Network launches a new spoken audio initiative
March 14, 2017
oha – Al Jazeera Media Network launched today an experimental platform for digital radio. The platform – a first of its kind – consists of a Facebook Messenger bot and an iPhone app that work together to enable users to search, discover, share and listen to podcasts through smart phones, cars and home audio systems (Alexa and Google Home).
"This launch represents only a glimpse of upcoming digital products from Al Jazeera that will enable audiences to discover the world of podcasts in new innovative ways reflecting Al Jazeera’s digital vision which revolves around innovating in new technologies for natively produced content." Dr. Yaser Bishr, Executive Director of Digital for Al Jazeera, said.
In addition to investing in developing the technology, Al Jazeera is also investing in building a highly qualified team of content producers to create inspirational, engaging and shareable content.
"The English version will be launched by end of this Spring as part of the official launch, followed by the Arabic version."
"Our team has been working on several projects in digital audio that combine ease of discoverability and seamless sharing" Moeed Ahmad, Manager of Innovation & Research, remarked.
The key element in designing the new platform has been natural language interfaces and interactive sharing, as well as the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning which enhances search results and provide customized experiences.
"User participation and feedback in this experiment will help us shape the final product launch." he ended.
The details of the bot and the app are available on: http://canvas.aljazeera.com/kimchi/
Al Jazeera Media Network strives to deliver content that captivates, informs, inspires and entertains. Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera was the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to providing comprehensive news and live debate. It challenged established narratives and gave a global audience an alternative voice - one that put the human being back at the centre of the news agenda - quickly making it one of the world’s most influential news networks. Since then the network has added new channels and services, with more than 70 bureaus around the world and a reach into 305 million homes worldwide.
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