The Islamic State Is Starting A TV Channel

Jan 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM ET

The Islamic State is about to launch its first TV channel, having hitherto relied on social media to spread its violent propaganda. A “teaser” for the new channel was just published on a popular ISIS forum with a link to the page that will host the 24/7 online propaganda channel. As you might expect, it won’t be showing any reruns of Friends. The new channel is set to broadcast only propaganda. The expected lineup will include a new video series by the British ISIS captive John Cantlie and a daily news show, plus repeats of his back catalogue. It will also broadcast a program called “Time to Recruit,” which is likely to discuss the recruitment of new jihadis, every Wednesday at 5 p.m., Islamic State Time (GMT+3).

ISIS already runs the FM radio station Al-Bayan, which broadcasts propaganda from the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. A TV station is the latest expansion in the terrorist group’s growing propaganda efforts. ISIS has been actively seeking media and technology recruits of late to bolster production.

The station will, it is claimed, broadcast live around the clock at, and although the testcard says “KhilafaLive,” and the URL is, the station is apparently named the bizarrely formal “The Islamic Caliphate Broadcast.” Don’t touch that dial!