The director general of Al Jazeera, Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, resigned his post today as he was named Minister of Economy and Trade in the government of Qatar. Al Thani is a Qatari royal, and did not have television or journalism experience before taking over Al Jazeera in 2011. Al Jazeera is funded by the Qatari government, even as it expands internationally.

Later this year it will launch a new cable news channel in the U.S., Al Jazeera America. A new chief executive has not yet been announced for AJAM, though TVNewser hears that Al Thani had met with some of the leading candidates in Doha before tendering his resignation.

“The strategies we adopted have started to bear Fruits,” Al Thani wrote in an email to staff today. “Today our content is recognized as world class, built on the best newsrooms and the largest newsgathering network globally. Al Jazeera’s programs have expanded into innovative formats that produced at the highest professional standards, with many new programs on the way.”

His full note to staff, after the jump.

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