Emmy Award-winning journalist Sheila MacVicar, a longtime London correspondent for the likes of CNN, CBS, and ABC, is going to work for Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcasting company has announced.
MacVicar will work for Al-Jazeera America’s “America Tonight,” which is scheduled to launch next month during weeknights as a news magazine. The company said in a news release that MacVicar will be based in Washington, D.C.
, and “contribute to America Tonight’s daily segments on the economy, international affairs, government, education, health care, and the environment.”
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MacVicar will be joining other well-known television personalities such as CNN anchors Soledad O’Brien and Ali Velshi.
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera bought the struggling American broadcast company Current TV more than 18 months ago and later announced it would launch Al-Jazeera America to compete with the likes of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
Al-Jazeera has come under fire, called little more than a government mouthpiece, and has faced especially strident criticism over its coverage of recent events in Egypt, with many saying the station has been favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood. Twenty-two members of the staff in Egypt quit last week, alleging biased coverage.
Kim Brody, executive producer for America Tonight, said in a statement on the company’s website that “Sheila MacVicar is an exceptional, veteran journalist who throughout her career has reported unbiased, fact-based stories. Sheila will bring more than 30 years of reporting experience, especially her ability to engage viewers on the issues that will most affect their lives, to America Tonight’s viewers.”
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