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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore (TVNewser)
It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. The company countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt Friday. The Associated Press The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million. THR / Hollywood, Esq. According to Gore and Hyatt, Al Jazeera squandered those favorable distribution rights by making an “ill-advised, one-sided” agreement with Time Warner Cable, which set off “most favored nation” obligations to other distributors. According to Al Jazeera, it’s Gore and Hyatt who shoulder the blame — and responsibility — for what later happened by failing to get TWC on board in the first place. New York Post Friday’s countersuit insists that AJA, as Current TV’s buyer, did not “make phony claims” but had a “contractual right to be indemnified.” “Al Jazeera America rightfully seeks compensation from an escrow fund that was established solely and specifically to protect Al Jazeera against any harm resulting from these inaccurate representations,” the countersuit claimed. In the countersuit, Al Jazeera stated it made five claims on the escrow money, relating mostly to disagreements it had with distributors following the sale. Variety The purchase price was reportedly $500 million, and, although that figure also was redacted from Al Jazeera’s filing, the company noted that Gore is “reported to have made between $70 and $100 million from the sale.” Gore and Hyatt contend that they initially harbored “serious reservations” about selling the network to Al Jazeera, but decided to entertain the idea of such a sale after performing due diligence and consulting with former senior U.S. government officials.

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AP Names David Scott Political Editor

David ScottDavid Scott has been named political editor for the Associated Press. Scott most recently oversaw the AP’s Central Region, which includes 14 states. He had served in that role since 2009.

Scott has been with the AP since 1999, when he joined as a reporter. From 2005 to 2009 Scott served as news editor in North Carolina.

“The political editor job is a critical one for AP — directing our national political coverage, advising states on political reporting and working with colleagues on our race-calling, accountability, vote count and polling operations,” said the AP’s Washington bureau chief, Sally Buzbee, in a statement. “It requires superb news skills, keen interest in both politics and policy, and strong competitive instincts. We are thrilled David is taking it on.”

Scott will be based in Washington and report to Buzbee.

[Image: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast]

The AP Adds to White House Team

The Associated Press has named Anne Gearan as its new National Security writer, assigned to the White House. In a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, the AP’s Washington Bureau Chief, Sally Buzbee says that Gearan will report to Terry Hunt, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief.

“As Chief White House Correspondent Ben Feller and his team focus on the campaign and economy this year, it’s critical we keep a strong focus on issues like Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” wrote Buzbee.

Associated Press Names New Political Editor

The Associated Press has promoted Liz Sidoti from Chief Political Writer to Political Editor. Sidoti has covered national politics for the AP since 2003. In her new role she’ll lead a Washington-based team of political writers and oversee AP journalists that are positioned in every state’s capital.

Sally Buzbee, the AP’s Washington Bureau Chief, says that Sidoti’s experience will serve her well:

Liz’s career is steeped in AP’s rich tradition of being first with political news; she’s a ferocious competitor. Even more remarkable is her ability to push and improve the work of those around her. She is a model for how journalists can cut through the political noise and fit the pieces together to explain what is happening in politics and why it matters to people beyond the nation’s capital.

 

AP Names Top Editors To Run New News Center

AP logo2.pngThe Associated Press has appointed two editors to top positions at its new News Center.

Yesterday, the news service announced that the AP’s Middle East editor Sally Buzbee has been promoted to deputy managing editor for the AP News Center, while Tamer Fakahany, managing editor of news production for AP Television News, will now serve as assistant managing editor.

The News Center will be a news hub based in New York that “will work closely with AP’s regional and department leaders to deliver the most comprehensive, competitive coverage in all formats of the day’s top stories,” the AP reported. Buzbee’s responsibilities will be to build and run the Center, while Fakahany will work evening hours to coincide with reporters in Asia, the Middle East and Europe starting their days. Explained the AP:

“While there has always been supervision of AP’s news coverage from headquarters, the News Center is a new concept intended to help support field leaders who are directing coverage. It also will be a place to experiment with new kinds of storytelling and fresh ways to engage readers and viewers.”

Buzbee joined the AP in 1988 and worked in Topeka, Kan., San Diego and Washington, D.C. before moving to Egypt to cover the Middle East in 2004. Fakahany has worked for the news service for 11 years, covering conflicts in Bosnia and the Middle East, the 2002 World Cup in Seoul, the 2004 Athens Olympics and several U.S. presidential elections.

Buzbee’s appointment in New York is effective immediately, while Fakahany will be joining her in the coming weeks.

Read more: Buzbee, Fakahany named to key AP management roles –Associated Press

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