Al Jazeera Media Network has this week completed its move to The Shard, and is settling into its world class broadcast studios for its international news channels.
The global media network will run its European news gathering, current affairs programming and live evening news output, including Newshour and The Listening Post from the 16th floor. The channel reaches 270 million households in 35 countries. A team of news producers and journalists, technical, operational and creative staff is now working with state of the art technology and broadcast facilities. In total, over 100 employees are now based at The Shard across 27,800 sq ft of floor space.
“The Shard provides an instantly iconic and perfect London backdrop for our London news output/”
Anil Chaman, Al Jazeera’s Manager of Technology for Europe, said: “The Shard provides an instantly iconic and perfect London backdrop for our London news output and gives our team a vibrant and inspiring headquarters in which to operate. We are thrilled to be able to base our European headquarters here and look forward to joining a growing media community in the area."
James Goldsmith, the Leasing Director at Shard asset management firm Real Estate Management Ltd, said: “It is fantastic to welcome such a world-class global media organisation to The Shard.
“Al Jazeera is another example of the range of widely respected tenants in the building. The Shard’s services capability and floor configuration have helped it to attract this and other technically advanced occupiers from a diverse range of sectors that includes health, education, law, energy and finance.
“Having such a successful brand on board further demonstrates the appeal to occupiers of The Shard itself and the cultural and social scene within the wider London Bridge area.”
The Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network, which moved its European operation from Knightsbridge, comprises the flagship Al Jazeera Satellite (Arabic) Channel, Al Jazeera English Channel, along with several other TV channels, websites and the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre.