Oh…BS!

Radar Online’s Jen Heger writes that Ann Curry may jump to Al Jazeera…

“Ann has had informal talks about working for the new Al Jazeera operation in America which is expected to formally launch later this year,” a source tells Radar. “She’s extremely interested in what the network will be doing in the U.S. and has always held their reporting in high regard. She’s still in talks with CNN, but the opportunity of being front and center at the launch of a new international news channel, especially one that promises to shake up and challenge existing reporting of world events, is something that greatly appeals to her.”

Up until now Radar Online’s prognostications on the Curry saga have at least had the tinge of believability to them. Until now. Al Jazeera? For a “name” like Curry Al Jazeera would be career suicide in this country. The network has gained a reputation, justified or not. Anyone who joins will have to contend with that. The potential resume damage one could receieve as a result of joining Al Jazeera is much much greater for a “name” talent than one who is not a name. Curry and her agent should know this. Which is why I seriously want to call BS to this story.

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8 Responses to “Oh…BS!”

  1. When my husband was in Afghanistan they could watch CNN or Al Jazeera English. They watched Al Jazeera English, because their coverage of news events was better. Time Warner owns CNN I am not surprised Time Warner cable are dropping Current’s carriage. They are real competition.

  2. This is why I hate TimeWarner and NBCU. They have such assets they make them proprietary. A breaking news on NBC News or MSNBC won’t be news unless its originally broken by their own properties. If the world shatters, and if an NBC affilate or property doesn’t break it, its not news.

    Maybe I am a little figurative, but TimeWarner does the same thing, they only use content that are within their properties. By censoring Al Gorezeria, it shows how they only care about their own stuff and not the competition.

    It just shows a form of arrogance, but maybe I’m wrong.

  3. Grandpa Dave Says:

    I’d give this a little higher ranking than “BS”. Curry’s talents seem to mesh with a straight news 24/7 operation. She’s always been good news anchor. While association with Al Jazeera may taint her reputation, her current position at NBCU is also hurting her reputation.

    Though she has an onerous contract with NBCU which makes her very expensive to prospective employers, that probably wouldn’t be a problem for Al Jaazera.

  4. Generous oil money has been known to buy a liberal.

  5. I agree with calling this “BS”. As long as the misconception on Al Jazeera English remains, the network is toxic to talent. You’d either have to have absolutely nothing to lose or zero prospect of something better. That’s why it didn’t surprise me to see Tony Harris joining AJE two years ago.

    (By the way, Al Jazeera could reward Tony with an anchor job in the new network, marking his return to the States. AJE Qatar based anchors usually complain on Twitter about the seemingly random working hours and I am sure he will appreciate a fixed work schedule and a pre-assigned timeslot. I seriously doubt Al Jazeera America will use that rotating anchors format as American shows rely on personality as much as content.)

    If (and a big “IF”) she were to be released from her contract, Curry could still land a gig on CNN, HLN or any other channel that might want to have a news or documentary program like with Discovery’s Paula Zahn or AXS’ Dan Rather.

  6. I could see Ann Curry on Own.

  7. Ann Curry wants to be Top Dog, well at Al Jazeera she will be

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