Thursday, April 06, 2006

Bridges TV Cable Station

My family was probably the first family in Arizona, easily the first in southern Arizona to start subscribing to Bridges TV. In a little over a year, I have noticed the quality of the programming increase by leaps and bounds. Like anything else the first cable station dedicated to Muslim Americans appears to be a growth process that is in constant revolution. This is a good thing. I particularly enjoy the prominent scholar series every weekday morning. It is nice to have channel that the entire family can watch without the craziness that can be found on network TV or other pay TV channels. Not bad for $15 a month. It is also good because we need Muslim journalists and outlets for them, but that is another topic for another day. I'm glad that they are growing in viewership. Inshallah, more will benefit from this first step.

Muslim network expands to more than 1 million homes
April 5, 2006 - 4:57PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - It was a premium pay-TV channel reaching ten-thousand households a year ago. Today, "Bridges TV" is a basic-cable offering on several cable and satellite systems, viewed in more than a million U.S. homes. "Bridges TV" features Muslim-American lifestyle and cultural programming. It can be seen in markets including Detroit, Chicago, Boston and Washington. The cable channel produces a daily, hour-long newscast at its studio in suburban Buffalo, New York. Broadcasts also include children's educational programming, current affairs, cooking and travel shows, soccer and cricket matches, documentaries and sitcoms. Ford Motor Company is a major sponsor.

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