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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
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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
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Jan 2013 #29
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #31
physioex Jan 2013 #34
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #35
physioex Jan 2013 #36
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physioex Jan 2013 #38
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #39
physioex Jan 2013 #40
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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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