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Al Jazeera America To Officially Launch August 20th On The Acquired Current TV Channel Platform

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Posted August 9, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 3,235 views

     

Ali Velshi, Soledad O’brien, Joie Chen among the CNN former anchors on board!
Al Jazeera has announced that it will be launching its new US channel, Al Jazeera America (AJAM), on August 20. The network announced the appointment of it senior leadership team in a statement released on Monday, in preparation for the launch in less than a month. The editorial team will be led by Kate O’Brian, a 30-year ABC News veteran who will take over as president of the network.

She will be joined by David Doss and Shannon High-Bassalik, who will join from CNN as senior vice-presidents, and Marcy McGinnis, a former journalism associate dean who worked at CBS News. Ehab al-Shihabi will serve as interim chief executive officer of the network, according to an announcement made by Al Jazeera’s acting director-general, Mostefa Souag.

O’Brian, a former senior vice-president at ABC News who began her career there as an intern, will be based at the network’s headquarters in New York City, and “will have full responsibility for defining and implementing the editorial strategy and operations across the network, including news, documentary and all other programming”, according to the statement. In an interview, O’Brian told Al Jazeera English, AJAM’s sister network, that there was “a gap” in the US news media landscape that her channel would be seeking to fill.

“Coming into the American news landscape, the opportunity to innovate is something Al Jazeera can bring into the equation. We can start from scratch, producing in-depth, quality content for the viewers who are looking for something different. It will be a new product, not incremental tweaks in existing news formats,” she said.

Al-Shihabi said at the end of June that Al Jazeera had hired 650 employees and planned to air 8 minutes of commercials per hour, which is below the industry standard of about 15 minutes.

Al Jazeera America will launch on August 20, and will provide both domestic and international news aimed at US audiences. It will be headquartered in New York, with 12 bureaus in cities across the United States. In January, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network acquired Current TV, a cable channel that will give the broadcaster the access to millions of US homes it has long sought.

Al Jazeera America will have 12 new U.S. news bureaus in the following cities: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

In a related development Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel also announced August 8th that former NBC news anchor John Seigenthaler will join the channel as prime time news anchor. Seigenthaler will anchor the primetime news program that will be broadcast from Al Jazeera America’s studio in New York City.

Source — Al Jazeera


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