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Soon, you might be able to get your Morning Joe on the weekend, too. “Persons close to” MSNBC’s morning news show have reportedly been saying that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are looking to expand Morning Joe into the network’s Sunday morning slot. No comment yet from MSNBC. (The New York Post)
Al Jazeera America celebrated the network’s one month anniversary with a launch party at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall last night.
And the Qatari-owned network pulled out all the stops to emphasize the “America” in the title.
Al Jazeera America has hired former NBC correspondent Michael Viqueira as its new White House correspondent, the network announced this afternoon. Mr. Viqueira most recently reported from the White House for NBC’s Today, Nightly News, NBC Radio, MSNBC and MSNBC.com.
“This is a great opportunity, both because of Al Jazeera America’s commitment to the kind of straight-forward, hard-nosed journalism that all good reporters value, and because it’s tremendously exciting to be building something that will fill today’s critical need for real, unfiltered and fact-based news,” Mr. Viqueira said in an announcement.
Al Jazeera, the Arab news network, is reportedly nearing a deal to take over Current TV, the struggling cable network co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore in 2005. According to the New York Times’ Brian Stelter, who was first to report on the potential deal, acquiring Current would give the Middle Eastern news channel access to 60 million of the 100 million American homes that get cable or satellite TV.
Update (8:44 p.m.): Current TV founder co-founder Joel Hyatt confirmed Al Jazeera will purchase the network in an email to staff this evening.
Josh Rushing, the former Marine and Control Room star turned Al-Jazeera English reporter, spent nearly his entire adult life around combat gear. But a week ago, he seemed a bit uneasy with the pile of brand-new body armor piled in a corner of his downtown Washington office. He fingered the bright-blue canvas over the heavy Read More
Around lunchtime on Nov. 7, a dozen broadcast news reporters sat in a locked, windowless room on an upper floor at the Time Warner Center.
The reporters—two from each of the five television networks and another pair from the Associated Press; altogether, a little election night Noah’s Ark—had been stripped of their cell phones, BlackBerries Read More
Nightline veteran and former WCBS anchor Dave Marash has signed on to be the Washington-based news anchor for Al Jazeera International, the network announced this afternoon. The Observer first reported Dec. 5 that Mr. Marash was in talks with the brand-new Doha-based English-language satellite news channel, whose global launch is scheduled for the spring.
“This Read More
Riz Khan, former host of the CNN talk show Q&A, shocked his friends when he told them that he was taking a job with the fledgling Washington bureau of the Arabic news network, Al Jazeera.
Especially Colin Powell and George H. W. Bush.
“I think they were a bit surprised when they asked what Read More
Around here, Hillary’s all about making all the right friends, and in the Arab world she seems to be making just the enemies an American politician might seek: the new, Islamist-leaning Iraqi prime minister, and the good folks at an Islamist-leaning website called Al Jazeerah.
According to the Times of London, Read More
What is our state of mind? What is the enemy’s? How do these affect our prospects?
In Month 1 after the attack, almost everyone responded well: sad, united, angry. Month 2 hasn’t been so good, thanks to the anthrax scare.
The deaths we have suffered are grave, and since they were caused by weapons Read More