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More Trouble for Al Jazeera English…

Posted in Al Jazeera on January 27, 2015 by icn2

NewsBuster’s Curtis Houck writes about another leaked Al Jazeera email that paints the network in a less than favorable light…

On Tuesday afternoon, Brendan Bordelon of National Review Online (NRO) reported on the latest leaked email from Al Jazeera English that showed executive Carlos van Meek telling employees not to sure the terms “extremist,” “Islamist,” “militant,” and “terrorist” in their news coverage to “avoid characterizing people.”

Van Meek’s email came following a deadly shooting earlier in the day at a hotel in Libya that killed at least eight (including one American). Writing to the outlet’s New York and Washington newsrooms, van Meek felt that it was pertinent to “bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up” considering “[o]ne person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.” -

Al Jazeera America’s SOTU Coverage Plans

Posted in Al Jazeera on January 19, 2015 by icn2

Here’s Al Jazeera America’s SOTU coverage plans…


Live Coverage from NY and DC Explores Issues Including Race Relations, Immigration, Extremism, Economy, Education, and Jobs– AJAM to Also Deliver Reaction from Around the Globe

Al Jazeera America will offer in-depth news and analysis on the State of the Union address live from New York and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 20, from 7pm- midnight ET. Primetime anchor John Seigenthaler will broadcast live from NY along with Al Jazeera America anchors Tony Harris, Ray Suarez and White House correspondent Mike Viqueira along with NYU Professor of Campaign Management Jeanne Zaino. The network will air special State of the Union programming focusing on major issues facing the nation and the world including: global extremism after the Paris massacre, the economy, gridlock politics, race relations after Ferguson, and immigration.
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Press Releases: 01/15/15

Posted in Al Jazeera on January 15, 2015 by icn2

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Al Jazeera America’s “FAULT LINES” Presents “Hidden State: Inside North Korea”

Airing Monday, January 19th at 9pm ET/6pm PT

“North Korea is still a flashpoint. We’re still at a state of war with North Korea.”

–Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

“This talk about the human rights problems of our country, this is slander coming from the U.S. and South Korean puppets that has been taken wholesale and repeated by those who do not know our actual reality.”
— Kim Chang Gyong (North Korea Academy of Social Sciences, DPRK)

This Monday, January 19th at 9pm ET/6p PT, Al Jazeera’s Emmy Award-winning “Fault Lines” presents “Hidden State: Inside North Korea.” In fall 2014, “Fault Lines” was granted rare access inside the regime that is arguably the worst human rights abuser in the world. A reporting team led by correspondent Teresa Bo went to understand what, if anything, has changed since Kim Jung-Un came to power, and how U.S.-North Korean relations look from the other side.
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The Beginning of The End?

Posted in Al Jazeera on January 12, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Brian Flood reports that Al Jazeera America will eliminate all US based live morning news programming.

Al Jazeera America plans to air programming from Al Jazeera’s main studios in Qatar in the mornings, U.S. time. AJAM has been cutting costs drastically, including on costly remotes and live shots. Just last week, the network cut back on the use of a second New Yorks studio.

Al Jazeera will continue to move forward in some capacity but things are not looking good for its US based network.

Al Jazeera America Numbers…

Posted in Al Jazeera on October 29, 2014 by icn2

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton writes about Al Jazeera America’s ratings…or lack thereof…

Its lineup of journalists hasn’t translated to ratings. When comparing Al Jazeera America’s ratings to date to Current TV’s ratings from December, 2011 to August, 2013, the numbers show significant losses. In total day, AJAM is down 44 percent compared to Current TV; in the 25-54 demo, the channel is down 55 percent. In primetime viewers, AJAM is down 49 percent compared to Current TV; in the primetime demo, down 54 percent.

In its 14 months on-air, AJAM is averaging 14,000 viewers 5,000 demo viewers for total day. In primetime, its averaging 18,000 viewers and 6,000 demo viewers.

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
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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