Are you ready for Al-Jazeera America? The Associated Press reports that the Dakar-owned news network “plans to gradually transform Current [TV] into a [U.S.] network … by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists. More than half of the content will be U.S. news and the network will have its headquarters in New York.”
The pan-Arab network has evolved from its days of America-bashing war coverage.
“Al-Jazeera has garnered respect for its ability to build a serious news product in a short time,” the AP said. “In a statement announcing the deal, it touted numerous U.S. journalism awards it received in 2012, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and the Scripps Howard Award for Television/Cable In-Depth Reporting.”
Al Gore, former vice president to Bill Clinton, was one of the owners of Current TV who sold the left-leaning outlet to Al-Jazeera for a reported $500 million. Should his old channel be seen in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties?