Sydney-based Channel Ten reporter Dan Nolan is leaving the network to
join controversial Qatar-based Arabic broadcaster Al Jazeera, which is
undergoing an exciting international expansion.

Nolan’s departure from Ten comes as the network embarks on some
exciting changes to boost its news coverage, including the introduction
of a new early morning news bulletin, as reported by Crikey last week.

He’s heading into a Sydney-based reporting role with Al Jazeera
International, a new English-language offering from the broadcaster,
incorporating 30 international bureaux. It’s perhaps an attempt to
counter the increasingly influential voice of US-centric international
news broadcaster, CNN.

Nolan was only able to confirm he was leaving Ten for Al Jazeera
International but his new employer wouldn’t allow him to elaborate.

And last night, he was getting in some pretty good preparation, in the
thick of the action covering the racial tensions that have erupted on
Sydney’s southern beaches between locals and visiting youth “of middle
eastern appearance”.

Al Jazeera’s publicist preferred that we waited a couple of months
before running this story. So that’s just what we’ll do, wait until
then for the finer details. But after doing a bit of snooping around,
Crikey understands Al Jazeera International’s Sydney bureau will simply
comprise Nolan and a cameraman.

It’s media information kit says the new 24-hour station will be
headquartered in Doha, where it will begin broadcasting in “the spring
of 2006”.

“With broadcasting centers in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington
DC, and supporting bureaux worldwide, the channel will provide both a
regional voice and a global perspective to a potential world audience
of over one billion English speakers,” it says.