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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:03 PM

Al Jazeera is buying Current TV

Al Jazeera is finalizing a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.

If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.The plan will bring Al Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States.



http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/al-jazeera-said-to-be-acquiring-current-tv/?smid=tw-share

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Reply Al Jazeera is buying Current TV (Original post)
octoberlib Jan 2013 OP
DonCoquixote Jan 2013 #1
physioex Jan 2013 #28
RebelOne Jan 2013 #30
Nictuku Jan 2013 #2
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #3
crazyjoe Jan 2013 #32
tomg Jan 2013 #4
octoberlib Jan 2013 #5
tomg Jan 2013 #7
Aristus Jan 2013 #21
RomneyLies Jan 2013 #6
regnaD kciN Jan 2013 #8
NOVA_Dem Jan 2013 #9
octoberlib Jan 2013 #10
Larkspur Jan 2013 #11
freckleface Jan 2013 #12
IWelcome TheirHatred Jan 2013 #13
octoberlib Jan 2013 #14
octoberlib Jan 2013 #15
Z_I_Peevey Jan 2013 #17
Z_I_Peevey Jan 2013 #16
marmar Jan 2013 #18
FresnoDemocrat Jan 2013 #23
physioex Jan 2013 #33
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #19
octoberlib Jan 2013 #20
octoberlib Jan 2013 #22
Fawke Em Jan 2013 #24
octoberlib Jan 2013 #26
CobaltBlue Jan 2013 #25
Peregrine Took Jan 2013 #27
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Jan 2013 #29
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #31
physioex Jan 2013 #34
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #35
physioex Jan 2013 #36
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #37
physioex Jan 2013 #38
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #39
physioex Jan 2013 #40
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #41

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:06 PM

1. If they toss Cenk and Granholm

Off it goes, even if they bring back Keith.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:21 PM

28. Cenk will do fine regardless...

He has a very loyal following on Youtube, and hopefully it won't make any difference. I am going to miss the Gavin Newsom show the most.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:46 PM

30. Cenk and Granholm are my favorites on Current. I'll miss them. n/t

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:07 PM

2. I'm not too happy about this

.... I am a Current watcher, but if they replace it with Al Jazeera, I can't see that I'll be tuning in much. I watch Bill Press in the early morning, and then Stephanie Miller when I'm able.

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Response to Nictuku (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

3. +1

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Response to Nictuku (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:46 PM

32. ah, so your the guy that watches Current...

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:12 PM

4. The only decent TV station left.

Cenk, Granholm, Miller, Press. This news sucks.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:12 PM

5. I love Current TV Too.

I do have friends who read and watch Al Jazeera online because they feel it's a site where they can get unbiased American news.The conservatives are going to be screeching about the Muslims taking over the country.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:15 PM

7. I sometimes read and watch

Al Jazeera. But couldn't they have bought the Golf Channel or the Bass Channel or one of those "Aliens Who Ran for the Presidency" channels.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:16 PM

21. Just tell them the company went to the highest bidder. God bless free enterprise!

See how they react to that!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:13 PM

6. No Steph, no eyes on glass n/t

 

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:19 PM

8. So, on the same day Stephanie Miller disappears from Seattle radio...

...we find we're going to lose her show on television as well.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:23 PM

9. CRAP! I watch Cenk every night @ 7pm

I guess I'll keep watching him on Youtube.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:30 PM

10. I don't think it's supposed to happen for 3 more months.

Surely another cable channel can be found for them. I get Left radio in my car but it's not the same.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:33 PM

11. If Al Jazeera management is smart, they'll keep all the Progressive pundits

at least for a year. CNN sucks, so they shouldn't follow it's lead right now.
I wonder of Spitzer will stay if asked?

But I look forward to Al Jazeera planting a foot into American news and talk market. Maybe they will help balance out the "Israel is never wrong so you can't criticize them" coverage like we get on the other channels.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:50 PM

12. Progressive American media...oxymoron?

So, this was your best deal, Mr. Vice President? Progressive programing in radio markets rushing into the arms of sports, Air America defunct, and now CURRENT TV! Nightmare on Every Street!!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:35 PM

13. I got a Tweet from Jeremy Scahill saying that....

 

most , if not all of the line-up on Current will be let go.

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Response to IWelcome TheirHatred (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:44 PM

14. Boo! Hopefully they'll find another home. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:51 PM

15. The deal just went through.

@brianstelter: Current will cease to exist. Gore will serve on the "advisory board" for "Al Jazeera America."

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:56 PM

17. Joel Hyatt just sent the memo to staff

Current is sold

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Response to IWelcome TheirHatred (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:53 PM

16. Yes, the Current talent and staffers I follow on Twitter

are not optimistic.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:56 PM

18. It sucks that they're killing the Current lineup, but I do like Al-Jazeera's news.....


...... like RT, it provides some fresh perspective on America that you won't get from our PRAVDA-esque media.

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Response to marmar (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:35 PM

23. Please don't

insult AJ by comparing it to RT. AJE is a great news source, RT is basically the Russian Press TV except the anti-Americanism is more subtle.

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Response to FresnoDemocrat (Reply #23)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:40 AM

33. I unfortunately don't get RT.....

But Thom Hartmann posts his clips and on youtube and DU, and I was quite impressed with what I saw.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:00 PM

19. I hope Stephanie goes back to Ustream, as she did before Current.

The only difference between that and the Current show was that there was no news with Jackie Schechner, for whom I feel bad, as she'll be out of a job, while Steph and Bill Press will still have their radio shows. There are several radio stations that have web-streaming, such as WCPT out of Chicago, which I how I listen to them.

Too bad about Current, but it didn't help that most people have no access to it, other than bootleg web-streaming, which isn't always working. Maybe if they had subscription viewing online, they might have been able to survive.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:06 PM

20. I never understood why they didn't do that. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:25 PM

22. aaaaand the right wing nutjob crap is already starting

Bobphillypa ‏@Bobphillypa
@current Ur being bought by a TERRORIST organization. Ull b unemployed soon, so stop tweeting now n start looking 4 a new job.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:52 PM

24. Time to dust this off:

During a recent Fox and Friends segment surrounding the Islamic cultural center/mosque that is proposed for Lower Manhattan, guest analyst Dan Senor pointed out that Imam Rauf had previously received funds from a Saudi organization that is alleged to also “fund radical madrassas all over the world” and is headed up by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Jon Stewart used that clip to then reveal that bin Talal just so happens to also be a large News Corp. business partner, or in his words, “The terror funder is Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corps’ funder!”

http://www.mediaite.com/online/jon-stewart-follows-the-money-claims-that-watching-fox-news-funds-terror-mosque/

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #24)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:59 PM

26. Oh, that's priceless! nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:55 PM

25. Well . . .

Al Jazeera had some actual news reporting not seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:06 PM

27. I've given up on progressive radio and MSNBC - Currant is all I have left!

If they don't keep Cenk I'm outta there, too.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:41 PM

29. It was nice to know you, Current.

Sucks.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:42 PM

31. Lovely. That's all we need. Don't know which I like better -

Fox or Al Jazeera. So much shit over the air.

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #31)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:42 AM

34. What's wrong with Al-Jazeera?

They have some wonderful documentaries on their youtube channel. Their news shows are also pretty decent.

Disclaimer: My cable TV provider does not provide Al-Jazeera.

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Response to physioex (Reply #34)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:45 AM

35. Lovely jihadist news channel. That's all we need. This country is already f'd, and in they come nt

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #35)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:32 PM

36. How can a mighty superpower be threatened by a television channel?

This sounds a lot like the Christian Talibornagain who think their mighty god would be threatened if we teach evolution or sex education.

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Response to physioex (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:34 PM

37. Are you calling me a mighty superpower? nt

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #37)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:38 PM

38. Have you actually seen the programs on Al-Jazeera?

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Response to physioex (Reply #38)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:48 PM

39. No. It's enough for me that they're giving a podium to Jihadists.

I don't give a sh*t if they have a couple of great programs. I'm sure Ted Bundy had his good side too. Not interested.

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #39)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:56 PM

40. I would call this pre-judging (prejudice).....

Al-Jazeera reports on many things the western media does not cover. They are not a podium for Jihadists but a catalyst for change in the middle east. Before you accuse Al-Jazeera for being a podium for Jihadists, you should consider that the western media was (and is) a podium for Neocons and the corporate interests.

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Response to physioex (Reply #40)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:04 PM

41. I would call it smart. My enemy can do no right as long as he's my enemy. nt

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