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Kate O’Brian Interview

Posted in Al Jazeera on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin interviews Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian…

CAPITAL: Is there any type of programming that you think AJAM could be doing more of? I know you have morning programming now, but last year, you were still trying to figure out the morning show strategy. Is there more you want to do to build out the schedule?

O’BRIAN: There is always more, we have a number of things in development that we are looking at piloting, and we are seeing if they are good. It is all about the quality. If the quality is good and compelling, then we will give it a go ahead and you will see it on the schedule at some point. We are also doubling down on what we have right now. It is a pretty full grid of produced content, whether it is the breaking news hours, or the longer form hours. We want to be sure that they are doing the absolute tippy-top quality that we expect them to do.

CAPITAL: There has been some staff restructuring and layoffs over the first year. The sports department I know was affected. Was that focused in specific areas? Do you feel like the news team is structured in a way that is more efficient?

O’BRIAN: We made some choices based on who we are, and what kind of programming people expect to see on our channel, and that we expect to be providing for people. Looking over the year, we made some decisions based on that. Again, every news organization does the same calculus and makes their own decisions based on those things. I think we are in a good place, but we are always looking at improvement. Always. And we would be remiss, and I would be irresponsible, if I weren’t always looking at how to make things better. We are looking at high performance from every sector, and every time of day, and every show.

Al Jazeera America’s One Year Anniversary…

Posted in Al Jazeera on August 6, 2014 by icn2

AJAM CEO Ehab Al Shihabi’s email to staff noting the network’s one year anniversary…

From: Ehab Alshihabi
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 3:57 PM
To: AJAM-All; AJAM-BUREAUS-All
Cc: Kate OBrian; Mostefa Souag; Omar Jalal
Subject: Congratulations AJAM on Our One-Year Anniversary

Dear Colleagues,

With many of us away this month, I wanted to stop and take a moment now to reflect upon an important milestone.

Almost one year ago we launched Aljazeera America.

We launched AJAM to bring the uncompromising journalistic ideals of the Aljazeera Media Network to the U.S. market, and to increase our capacity for global newsgathering. We saw a need in the U.S. for unbiased, fact-based, in-depth coverage of domestic and international news, without the punditry, opinion and “infotainment” seen elsewhere. We wanted to extend our brand’s core value: The promise of courageous and provocative coverage of under-reported stories with a focus on the human component. Expanding into the U.S. market was a natural next step for Aljazeera’s global brand.

A year later, I am proud to say that we have delivered on that promise.
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Press Releases: 08/01/14

Posted in Al Jazeera on August 1, 2014 by icn2

Al Jazeera America (1)

“GAZA: WITNESS TO WAR”

AL JAZEERA AMERICA SPECIAL REPORT AIRING FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st AT 11 PM ET/8 PM PT

REPEATS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 11 PM ET/8 PM PT

NEW YORK AND GAZA CITY – Tonight at 11pm ET, Al Jazeera America will present “Gaza: Witness to War,” an hour-long comprehensive report with breaking news and analysis of the war in Gaza.

The special report will be anchored by Al Jazeera America’s Jerusalem correspondent Nick Schifrin, and will feature reporting from Al Jazeera’s resources in the region. The special broadcast will take viewers into the conflict and introduce them to the Gazans cut off and caught in the crossfire. It will take a closer look at Hamas, its weapons and its tunnels that lead into Israel. And it will show how even in a warzone, there’s an extraordinary desire and ability to preserve everyday life.

Background:

Al Jazeera America has provided extensive coverage of the conflict in Gaza, including interviews with experts and analysts representing Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. views of the conflict.

Nick Schifrin has reported on and lived in the region since November. Schifrin’s coverage includes reporting on the thousands of civilians affected by the war, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the violence and the fighting, as well as the presence of fighters and rockets inside residential neighborhoods. He has reported from both sides since the conflict began.
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Not A Propaganda Machine…

Posted in Al Jazeera on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Scott D. Pierce writes about Al Jazeera America…

“We are the place to go when you want unbiased, high-quality, in-depth news,” said Kate O’Brian, president of Al Jazeera America. “We’re the only broadcast network to offer news in prime time, hosted by John Seigenthaler at [6 MT] every night. It’s news from the around the country and around the globe and how that news affects us here in the U.S.”

And, she insists, AJA does not lean in any direction politically.

“We don’t want to be right-leaning or left-leaning,” O’Brian said. “We don’t want to be taking a position on something. We really want to tell the story of the people that the story is affecting and let the viewer decide.”

AJA At The TCA…

Posted in Al Jazeera on July 8, 2014 by icn2

Variety’s Cynthia Littleton writes about Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian’s appearance at the TCA…

In the cabler’s first Television Critics Assn. session, O’Brian (pictured) emphasized that the channel is focused on delivering solid, objective journalism with a focus on how major news events, social issues and cultural changes impact everyday people. She noted that the Al Jazeera brand has gained respect in the U.K., Europe and other territories.

“We will get there in this country,” O’Brian told journos Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton. “We will get there by doing what we well do every single day. It will come in time. I firmly believe it will come in time.”

AJA is seen as a linchpin of the parent org’s goal of building a global news org to rival the BBC or CNN in reach and respect. Al Jazeera is funded through the state of Qatar. AJA has so far delivered miniscule ratings, which undoubtedly means there’s no significant advertising revenue to offset considerable startup costs. AJA has hundreds of journos and staffers based in New York and 12 bureaus around the U.S.

AT&T Settles Al Jazeera America Lawsuit…

Posted in Al Jazeera on June 9, 2014 by icn2

Bloomberg’s Jef Feeley and Edmund Lee write that AT&T has settled the Al Jazeera America carriage lawsuit…

The accord will allow Al Jazeera America onto AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV service as part of the settlement, said a person familiar with the accord who asked not to be named because the settlement’s terms were private. The terms of the settlement weren’t outlined in court filings today in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington.

The deal underscores the growing importance to TV distributors of programming networks, even new ones such as Al Jazeera America. The nascent cable news network has faced challenges gaining an audience in the U.S., partly because American audiences remember the channel as the forum for Osama bin Laden’s video messages after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Case For Al Jazeera America…

Posted in Al Jazeera on June 4, 2014 by icn2

The Desert Sun’s Darryl James Jr. makes his case that Al Jazeera America offers a fresh perspective on news…

And what a refreshing change, CNN reincarnated, news reporting as it happens, and an American staff of anchors/reporters who were providing old-school reporting. From all over the world, it appears this group has more reporters in more corners of the world than any other news organization.

I was especially pleased to finally receive a full picture of what is happening in Ukraine, not a three-minute snippet but more than a half- hour to allow extensive reports coming in from Kiev, Russia, east Ukraine, Europe and the United States.

After a couple of days viewing, I felt I had found Nirvana, but truth be told, I was apprehensive about the Arabian connection, muted obviously by the shining faces of the American anchors and reporters.

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