New Al Jazeera America Adding Bureaus, Staff, Morning Show

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 04:07 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Al Jazeera America says it will continue to expand, adding a morning show, opening additional bureaus, and hiring more investigative reporters, the recently launched cable news network announced Tuesday.

"The critical acclaim, increased distribution, and online interest in Al Jazeera America's unbiased, objective, and in-depth coverage of the news has convinced us that we should fast-track our plans to meet the projected increased demand," the network's Interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi said in a statement.

Al Jazeera, which is headquartered in Doha, Qatar, launched its American news operation to take on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC just two months ago.

It entered the U.S. market by buying former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV for $500 million.

Al Jazeera President Kate O'Brian, a former ABC News executive, said the addition of employees and bureaus will "help us keep the promise we made to our viewers about always providing the highest possible quality journalism."

Al Jazeera said its U.S. operation will move its broadcast and business operations in New York City into "a new state-of-the-art headquarters" in midtown Manhattan in the next 18 months.

The Hollywood Reporter said that while the channel is crowing about its growth, "it hasn't revealed ratings since its first week amid reports that it has yet to attract a large audience."

Al Jazeera has been under fire by groups that claim it is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist organizations.

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