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Al Jazeera America Replaces CEO

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:50 PM

Al Jazeera America has named Al Anstey as CEO, effective immediately.

Anstey replaces Ehab Al Shihabi, who was let go as CEO as the network suffered low ratings and a lawsuit claiming sexism and "offensive" remarks about Israel and the United States.

Shihabi will remain at the network as chief operating officer, USA Today reports.

The network is owned by the government of Qatar, which didn't say why the change was made.

Anstey has been with the Al Jazeera Media Network since 2005 and has served as managing director of Al Jazeera English.

"I'm delighted to be leading Al Jazeera America into the next stage of its development," Anstey said. "Having started my career with CBS News, and lived in the U.S. later in my career, I'm very pleased to be returning to the U.S. to continue to uphold the highest standards of organizational excellence at the channel."

Al Jazeera America was founded in 2013 after its parent company bought the struggling Current TV from former Vice President Al Gore. AJAM promised a fresh look at news not covered by the existing cable channels, but it never caught on and has performed no better than Current TV.

Executives have fled the company recently amid its problems with staff and inability to find an audience.

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