NATO to Launch TV Channel

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- NATO plans to start an online TV channel to improve the image of the Western military alliance.

NATO TV will be launched at a summit next week in Bucharest, Romania, alliance spokesman James Appathurai said Wednesday.

Much of its coverage will focus on the mission of the alliance's 47,000 troops in Afghanistan. NATO plans to have five TV crews sending regular reports from the country.

The channel will be available on the alliance's Web site, http://www.nato.int . Broadcast quality footage will also be available for TV networks to download.

Denmark is providing much of the funding for the project, which is part of an effort to boost flagging public support in several allied countries for the Afghanistan mission.


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