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Al Jazeera and Wondery announce global strategic partnership and launch flagship podcast in the Arab World

PRESS RELEASE — April 28, 2020

Doha, Qatar - April 27th 2020 - Al Jazeera Media Network and Wondery are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to bring Wondery’s immersive audio storytelling to the Arab World.

With the Arabic podcast market rapidly growing, Al Jazeera came out strong and entered the market in 2019 with four leading Arabic shows including the Arab world’s first daily news podcast. This partnership brings Wondery’s flagship “Business Wars” show to Arabic-speaking markets.

Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives major companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights — or to ruin. Seasons include Pepsi versus Coca Cola and Facebook versus Snap.

“Al Jazeera is committed to leading the way in Arabic podcasting and I am proud to bring Wondery’s visionary content to the Arab World” said Dr. Yaser Bishr, Executive Director of Digital at Al Jazeera. “Wondery is a leading podcast organization that brought us shows like Business Wars and Dr Death. We’re committed to serving our audience with informative content and we are therefore excited to be working with Wondery on growing the Arabic podcast market.”

Declan Moore, Wondery’s Head of International, remarked “We are honored to partner with Al Jazeera in expanding the global reach of our chart topping, critically acclaimed show, Business Wars. Business Wars examines the rivalries of well-known organizations and we are excited to share these stories with Arabic audiences.”

Business Wars in Arabic is now live on all podcasting apps. More information is available on podcast.aljazeera.net.

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About Al Jazeera Digital
Al Jazeera Digital delivers award-winning news reporting via more than 36 distinct digital properties — including AlJazeera.com (English), AlJazeera.net (Arabic), AJ+ (English, Spanish, French & Arabic), Al Jazeera Contrast, Jetty (audio) and more.

Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera Digital pioneers new and emerging storytelling techniques to give voice to the voiceless across all digital media formats, with dedicated offerings for desktop, mobile, audio, video, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and smart home. With expansive reach and offices and bureaus across the globe, Al Jazeera Digital ranks among the largest and most diverse global news operations on the planet.

About Wondery
Wondery is the largest independent podcast publisher in the world, known for character-driven, binge-worthy stories including “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” “The Shrink Next Door,” “Blood Ties” and “Business Wars.” Wondery is behind 8 of the Top 20 New Shows of 2019 according to Podtrac. Twenty-six of Wondery’s groundbreaking shows have hit #1 on Apple Podcasts.

Many of the Wondery podcasts have been, or are in the process of being, adapted for scripted television. Dirty John is launching its second season this fall on USA, and Dr. Death will premiere this fall on Peacock. Additionally, Wondery is in development on an adaptation of their hit podcasts Over My Dead Body, WeCrashed, The Shrink Next Door and several other original shows.

Wondery has gained critical acclaim and commercial success for its unique approach to sonic, emotionally-immersive storytelling which helps listeners “feel the story”.

Go to www.wondery.com for more information.

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