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Will Al-Jazeera America’s Name Doom It to Failure?

Today’s biggest news in journalistic circles concerns the debut of a cable outlet called Al-Jazeera America, which should begin broadcasting across the US right about…now.

The channel promises to offer Americans a “more sober” take on world news and investigative reporting that transcends the talking head pile-ons that have come to define the FOX/CNN/MSNBC trifecta and the light celebrity gossip that provides such a large share of all networks’ bottom lines.

Journalists at AJAM (which is bankrolled by the royal family of Qatar) take their reporting very seriously. As of today’s debut, programs will contain only six minutes of commercials per hour—and a quick look at the parent network’s Facebook page reveals a collection of matter-of-fact reportage on big international stories.

This is all very encouraging, but Al-Jazeera America has one (very big) problem: its name.

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Revolving Door: Daily Beast TV, CNN, Ratings, and More


CNN en Español has launched

Also, CNN made their new morning plans official this week. TVNewser talked with Soledad O’Brien about what’s changed since the last time she was on morning TV.

Daily Beast TV launches. (Clip above, which is really a clip from The Daily Show, but OK.)

The Audit Bureau of Circulations released its list of top 25 U.S. daily newspapers for the six-months ending September 30. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times top the list.

Fox News was tops in the ratings, with The O’Reilly Factor leading.

For more media moves and news, click through.

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Ketchum’s Ragone: Presidential Decisions Provide Lessons to Clients and Business Leaders

L to R: Jill Nicolini, entertainment reporter for PIX11 Morning News; Nick Ragone; Courtney Friel, Fox News entertainment reporter; and Ali Velshi at the 'Presidential Leadership' book party in NYC. Photo: Philip Robertson, Britrock Photography

By day, Nick Ragone is a partner and associate director at Ketchum. Lately, he’s been celebrating the release of his fourth book, Presidential Leadership: 15 Decisions That Changed the Nation. As the name implies, the book is about the office of the U.S. President, a topic that Ragone covered with his other books as well. So why would a publicist become an expert in government and the presidency?

“I went to Georgetown law school, I loved being in D.C., and I’ve always been deeply immersed in government history,” says Ragone. “It’s a way to stretch myself. You can have a vocation and an avocation.”

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