Al Jazeera International, the English version of the leading Middle East broadcaster, has switched to Mac.

The broadcaster has deployed a swathe of Apple products across its organisation, covering editing, post-production and archiving solutions.

It has reached a deal with Arab Business Machines to deploy a major installation of Macs: 41 MacBook Pros (with Final Cut Studio) for journalists; a 70TB Apple storage solution using ten 7TB Xserve and RAID systems; 14 Xsan licences; 12 PowerMac G5 Quads; two Power Mac G5 Dual Cores; and 19 23-inch Apple Cinema Displays.

Based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera International has the status of being the world's first English-speaking channel to be based in the Middle East.

Ghassan Bendali, deputy general manager of Arab Business Machines said: "Al Jazeera International is definitely a big name in the region today, and is anticipated to become one of the worlds' biggest broadcasters in coming years. We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen to be powered by Apple technology, and we are confident that they will soon reap rich benefits through the implementation of Apple's leading range of solutions from the MacBook Pro to the Xsan."

He continued: "Our detailed solution for Al Jazeera will set the benchmark for all major television stations across the region."