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Al Jazeera America Launching August 20

Al Jazeera America now has a launch date, as it continues to staff up. AJAM will launch Tuesday, August 20, according to Ali Velshi on Twitter. AJAM will be taking over the channel space currently occupied by Current TV in some 40 million U.S. homes.

Earlier this month, Al Jazeera’s executive in charge of AJAM, Ehab Al Shihabi, said they expected to launch the week of August 24.

Al Jazeera America has still not announced who its chief executive will be, although we hear that a decision has been made on who the final candidate is. AJAM is believed to be hiring for two roles: a chief executive and a chief programmer. The chief executive would be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the channel, with the chief programmer overseeing content, with a dotted line to Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha.

Despite the fact that it does not have a chief executive or chief programmer, AJAM has been staffing up under Al Shihabi, adding former CNNers Velshi and Soledad O’Brien, and announcing a U.S.-centric version of “The Stream.”

 

Al Jazeera America Interviews Finalists For President Role

Al Jazeera America is closing in on finding its president.

Last week, Ehab Al Shihabi (pictured left), the executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing Al Jazeera America, was in New York City, where he interviewed the final candidates for the leadership role, TVNewser has learned.

Those interviews are likely one of the last hurdles before the channel decided who its new chief executive should be. Among the candidates said to be under consideration: former CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein, former CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker and former ABC News chief David Westin. We haven’t heard of any new names surfacing recently, though if you have, drop us a line.

Al Jazeera America is still on track to launch later this year, though an exact launch date is unclear. But that has not stopped the network from staffing up. Among the recent hires: CNN’s Ali Velshi, NBC’s Mike Viqueira and just today, investigative journalist Josh Bernstein.
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NBC’s Mike Viqueira Named White House Correspondent For Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America has named Mike Viqueira as its first White House correspondent.

Viqueira joins Al Jazeera America from NBC News, where he was a producer/correspondent covering Capitol Hill and other stories from the DC region.

Viqueira had been on the White House beat for four years, but when Peter Alexander joined Chuck Todd and Kristin Welker there in December, he was shifted back to Capitol Hill, where he had been based since 1998. The AJA gig returns Viqueira to the White House beat.

“This is a great opportunity, both because of Al Jazeera America’s commitment to the kind of straight-forward, hard-nosed journalism that all good reporters value, and because it’s tremendously exciting to be building something that will fill today’s critical need for real, unfiltered and fact-based news,” Viqueira said in a statement.

Viqueira joins other prominent hires, including CNN’s Ali Velshi, and Thomson Reuters executive John Meehan, who will oversee the channel’s business coverage.

More information below.
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The Evening Ticker: ‘Killing Kennedy,’ Newswomen, Velshi

The AM Ticker: Velshi, Beckel, Allred

  • TVNewser hears that lawyer Gloria Allred will be on “HLN After Dark” Wednesday and Thursday  Allred on cable news isn’t surprising, but her take on the Jodi Arias trial just might be.

Ali Velshi Says Goodbye To CNN

Friday was CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi‘s last day at the channel. In a few months he will launch a new show on Al Jazeera America, focusing on business.

CNN commemorated Velshi’s departure with a look back at his 12 years with the network.

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Ali Velshi Joining Al Jazeera America

First on TVNewser: CNN anchor and chief business correspondent Ali Velshi is joining Al Jazeera America as an anchor of a new primetime business show, TVNewser has learned.

After more than 12 years at the cable channel, Velshi’s last day with CNN is Friday. He joined CNNfn in 2001, and moved to CNN/U.S. in 2004. Velshi has served as an anchor and correspondent for the channel ever since, most recently as chief business correspondent and the anchor of “Your Money Now” and “World Business Today” on CNN International.

When he announced his departure, Velshi told TVNewser that he was leaving on great terms with CNN and wanted “to stretch some new muscles and grow something, and it appeals to my entrepreneurial side.” Al Jazeera is pouring millions of dollars into its new Al Jazeera America cable channel, essentially taking the bare bones structure and channel placement of Current TV and creating something new. Velshi is going to be a big part of that plan.

>Update: Velshi will develop and host a half-hour “magazine-style” show that will launch as a weekly program, with plans to expand to five days a week by the end of the year.

“We are thrilled to secure Ali’s extraordinary talents and services,” executive director of Al Jazeera international operations Ehab Al Shihabi said in a statement. “Al Jazeera America will be bringing respected, independent reporting to its viewers and that’s exactly the type of coverage Ali Velshi is known for.”

The official announcement is after the jump.
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Ali Velshi Leaving CNN

First on TVNewser: CNN’s chief business correspondent Ali Velshi is leaving the channel, TVNewser has learned.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker noted the change in a meeting with CNN staff today. Velshi’s last day will be Friday. Zucker said that CNN and Velshi were parting as friends, and that the channel was sorry to see him go.

“It’s been an amazing almost 12 years at CNN. Love it more today than I ever have, and CNN is going to be great under Jeff,” Velshi says. “I basically grew up here, so it’s sad to leave, but I’ve got a great opportunity to stretch some new muscles and grow something, and it appeals to my entrepreneurial side.”

Velshi joined CNN in 2001 as an anchor and reporter for the CNNfn financial news channel. He moved to CNN proper as a business correspondent and anchor in 2004 when CNNfn shut down. In addition to his correspondent duties, he also serves as the anchor of “CNN Your Money” and “World Business Today” on CNN International.

It isn’t clear where Velshi is going just yet, but Zucker said that Velshi is leaving to work on a new project that “he couldn’t pass up” according to an insider.

Snowmaggedon Sounds So Much Cooler Than Nemo

So Nemo, is what we’re calling this? This storm will sound nothing like Ellen DeGeneres as a clownfish (oh wait, she was Dory). Anyway, maybe the Weather Channel can come up with more daunting names next year. Remember Snowpacalyse which hit three years this week? Also Snowmaggedon?

So, what are the networks planning? The Weather Channel had already blown out their reality shows in primetime last night with storm prep coverage. The news and business networks have reporters out in the field.

CNN is planning to be live overnight tonight and into Saturday covering the storm. Chad Myers and Jen Delgado will monitor the storm’s movement from the CNN Weather Center. Reporters and anchors including Jason Carroll, Susan Candiotti, Poppy Harlow, Ali Velshi, Ashleigh Banfield, Zain Asher, Alison Kosik, Mary Snow (appropriately), Gary Tuchman and Brian Todd will be out and about.

Brooke Baldwin anchors overnight coverage from balmy Atlanta. “This is when you know there’s a serious breaking news story,” said Baldwin during 2pmET coverage, “Look at all the pizza boxes at CNN.”

On Fox News, Anna Kooiman and Molly Lyon will report live. The storm has pushed the Saturday morning business block to the afternoon, from 2-4pmET. Kelly Wright and Jamie Colby will continue with live coverage from 10-Noon.

A Tough Road Ahead For Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo And CNN In The Morning

The day he was announced as CNN’s new worldwide president, Jeff Zucker and his new boss Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent held a conference call with reporters.

Kent, never one to mince words, said that one of the reasons Time Warner hired Zucker was his experience in morning news.

“It is not lost on any of us that occasionally HLN’s morning show beats CNN’s morning show,” Kent said. “One of the hundred other reasons I wanted [Zucker] was because of his experience in the morning.”

Now, barely a week into his new job, Zucker is planning to shake up the mornings, replacing “Starting Point” with a new program anchored by Chris Cuomo, and possibly another anchor such as Erin Burnett. It is far too soon to speculate about what the new program will look like, but it is worth noting that Cuomo and Burnett have extensive experience in the mornings, although not exactly on the most-watched programs.

Zucker, of course, changed the morning show game when he rose to the top of “Today” in 1992, at the age of 26.

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