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Al Jazeera America On Headquarters Hunt

Al Jazeera America is hunting for office space to house its new U.S. headquarters. According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the locations being scouted is the former headquarters of the New York Times.

Al Jazeera was drawn to the space because the building was capable of being wired for digital media distribution, according to a person familiar with the matter.

But another person familiar with the search said the company was concerned that there were “too many columns” for the construction of the kind of studio space that Al Jazeera America will need.

Al Jazeera America is eyeing a July launch on the channel space currently occupied by Current TV.

The broadcaster has rented some temporary studio space in two buildings—at the Manhattan Center at 311 W. 34th St., and at another building nearby—for a crew of about 150 people, as it ramps up its broadcast capabilities for the launch, according to people familiar with the matter.

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