Thursday, January 03, 2013

Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

Looks like MSNBC has a chance to acquire some new talent, like Jennifer Granholm, I hope.  

Just when I was getting used to having 2 liberal TV channels in America.  Oh well.  I expect Al Jazeera will kick some serious butt in the USA's cable news field:
 Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed 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.
Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms.

 Al Jazeera will create a new channel, called Al Jazeera America, based in New York. 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 people with knowledge of the deal 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.