Saturday, August 19, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | Al-jazeera Used by Philippines Government

The web site quoting Philippine government sources, reports that the Foreign Ministry is using the services of satellite digital broadcaster, Al Jazeera television network in Qatar to reach out to Filipino Overseas Foreign Workers in Lebanon it wants to repatriate.

Only about 5,500 of the estimated 30,000 Filipinos in Lebanon have been repatriated.

The Philippine government will either place an advertisement or buy airtime from the popular Arab television network to appeal to Filipinos to heed the call to return home since the situation in Lebanon remains volatile even with a UN-brokered ceasefire in place.

The Philippine government previously tapped the services of Al Jazeera TV over a kidnapped Filipino truck driver in Iraq.

Al-jazeera, is regarded as the premier international news network and website in the Middle East. also reported that The Filipino Channel, the international satellite digital network of ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest terrestrial broadcaster, will be used to broadcast to OFWs.

No mention was made of Pinoy TV, the international satellite network, also serving the Middle East that belongs to GMA 7, the most popular terrestrial television broadcaster in the Philippines. is part of the GMA Group of companies.

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