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Al Jazeera America Takes to the Airwaves
Get your remote ready—there’s a new channel in TV land. Al Jazeera America, the U.S.-based news channel from the Al Jazeera Media Network, premiered recently as a hub for national and international news programs, documentaries, and discussions.
Al Jazeera America’s website promises “unbiased, fact-based and in-depth” reporting “that gets you closer to the people at the heart of the news.” There are 12 Al Jazeera America bureaus, three broadcast centers, and about 800 journalists and staff to cover the 14 hours of news programming per day. The other 10 hours are currently filled with newsmagazine shows and documentaries. Content will constantly evolve; for example, a weekly sports show is now in development.
“This is the type of journalism we committed to when we announced the creation of Al Jazeera America in January,” says Ehab Al-Shihabi, interim CEO.
The channel can enlist help from Al Jazeera’s 70 international bureaus when covering breaking news. These connections will allow for continuous updates to stories, according to Kate O’Brian, channel president.
So far, the lineup of programming is a mix of traditional reporting, citizen journalism, and analysis. America Tonight, the flagship show, provides in-depth coverage of timely and lesser-known topics, while The Stream uses social media and citizen journalist input on the news. Fault Lines explores the U.S.’s role on the international stage. Real Money With Ali Velshi and TechKnow focus on the economy and science, respectively. And Consider This takes a look at current affairs from new viewpoints.
The channel may not be offered in all areas. For more information, visit the channel finder.
Source: Al Jazeera America
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