The Stream

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The Stream
Genre Television news magazine
Created by Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America (American version)
Presented by Femi Oke (Al Jazeera English)
Starring Malika Bilal, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and one more guest (Al Jazeera English)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Mitchell Williams
Location(s) Washington DC
Editor(s) Ben Connors
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Al Jazeera English
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External links
The Stream - Al Jazeera English

The Stream is a daily television programme on Al Jazeera English. It is branded as a “Web community With a Global TV show”. On television and online The Stream taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news.

The Stream is an aggregator of online sources and discussion, seeking out unheard voices, new perspectives from people on the ground and untold angles related to the most compelling stories of the day.[1] The show's social media team and second screen technology enable viewers to engage 24 hours a day with new content, comments, user-generated videos and a variety of posts.

Previously, the show was hosted by Derrick Ashong and Imran Garda. Lisa Fletcher replaced them as the new presenter. On June 25, 2012, The Stream was relaunched with a new studio and opening graphics. Femi Oke replaced Fletcher when Fletcher was picked to host a version of The Stream on Al Jazeera America.

About the show[edit]

"The idea is to tap into conversations that are already happening around the world from people who understand the issues but don't have the opportunity to participate in mainstream media." - Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

The topics covered include stories that relate to social media and what is being discussed on the different platforms such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit and Twitter.

The stream has partnered with Storify, a platform that lets users tell stories using social media such as tweets, photos and videos.

Guests are mostly brought in through Skype.

The Al Jazeera English version of The Stream airs Monday through Thursday on Al Jazeera English at 19:30 (UTC).

American version[edit]

A separate American version of The Stream was featured on Al Jazeera America. It was produced from Washington D.C. and hosted by Lisa Fletcher and Wajahat Ali.[2] The show is identical in style to its Al Jazeera English counterpart, including being shot from the same studio and set in Washington D.C.

It originally aired Monday through Friday at 7:30 pm eastern time with repeats throughout the day and on weekends.

Featured guests on the show have ranged from civil rights activists to Kathy Griffin.


In 2012 The Stream won a Webby Award for People's Choice in news and politics in the online film and video category. The show was nominated for two Webbys in 2014.