Cable television provider Wide Open West on Tuesday said Bridges TV, the first English language cable channel aimed at U.S. Muslims, will be offered as a premium channel in Southeast Michigan on WOW’s digital cable system. Southeast Michigan has one of the largest Muslim populations in the nation. The channel will cost $14.99 a month and air news, travel, health, talk and children’s programming to counter images of Muslims as extremists or terrorists, WOW said.
Bridges TV expects about 3,000 subscribers in Southeast Michigan. “Bridges TV airs the stories that get lost, the ones that you don’t see on mainstream TV,” said Bridges President Muzzammil Hassan. “A lot of people have questioned where the American Muslim voice was in response to recent world events,” said Imam Hasan Qazwini of the Detroit-based Islamic Center of America. “Bridges TV can be that voice because it is a platform for discussion and an outlet for the American Muslim community…”