Al-Jazeera Arabic has once again shown it is firmly leading the way in its viewership – as the most watched pan-Arab news channel. According to audience data produced in March 2013 by Ipsos and Sigma – two independent media research agencies – 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.
Also, the research results indicated that Al-Jazeera Arabic news programs and coverage were ranked as the top 10 news programs and segments aired on all news channels.
Commenting on the statistics, Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Director General of Al-Jazeera Media Network, said Al-Jazeera's continues to lead due to its distinguished commitment to a code of ethics along with professional editorial policies based on the "opinion and the other opinion", always delivering content in an accurate, objective and balanced manner. The channel's success is based on the determination and integrity of Al-Jazeera correspondents who are always seeking the truth even as they are exposed to continuous threats, which in some instances, have led to death as in the case in Syria. The challenges we face every day also include the closure of our offices recently in Iraq, in an attempt to deter us from continuing our coverage of the important stories.
Ahmed Bin Jassim Al-Thani also added that Al-Jazeera is grateful to its viewers for their continued trust even with more channels to choose from, where we were once the only free media outlet in the region, but 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.
Al-Jazeera will remain committed to deliver captivating content where the human is at the center of the story, to continue getting exclusive stories, conducting in-depth investigations through the largest newsgathering network of correspondents in the world along with the latest current affairs programs.