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John Seigenthaler: Al Jazeera America Will Be ‘Very Different’ Than Cable News Competition

The news that Al Jazeera America was hiring former NBC News anchor and correspondent John Seigenthaler took many in the business by surprise. Seigenthaler has been out of the public eye since leaving NBC in 2007, working as media consultant.

“I really didn’t have any intention of going back into journalism,” Seigenthaler tells TVNewser. “I was very happy with the consulting business that I had worked out with my family members.

Al Jazeera came to me and explained to me what they were doing, explained to me they were starting this new national news channel in the United States, and that they were opening 12 bureaus in the U.S., and they told me about their 70 bureaus worldwide, and their commitment to unbiased, serious reporting of the news and that they weren’t interested in the ratings,” he added. “As a journalist for 27 years, that is a dream come true.”

Jumping in he is. Later this month Seigenthaler will make his AJAM debut as the primetime news anchor, a big job for the nascent channel. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. When asked what his news program will look like, Seigenthaler laughs.

“I have been here for four days,” he says. “You know better than anyone, over the last five or six years, what we have seen is cutbacks, news organizations have cut back reporters and producers and editors, we have also seen a turn toward tabloid journalism. I think that Al Jazeera will be something very different than what you see on your traditional cable news channels or the networks in this country.”

Seigenthaler joins a “who’s who” list of journalists at AJAM, including former CNNers Ali Velshi and Soledad O’Brien, as well as veterans Joie Chen and Sheila MacVicar.

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AJAM Adds Three Business Correspondents, TheBlaze Adds a White House Correspondent

Al Jazeera America continues to staff up with abandon, announcing three new hires for “Real Money with Ali Velshi.” The new correspondents are Patricia Sabga, Stacey Tisdale and Duarte Geraldino, and all three will appear regularly on the daily half-hour newsmagazine.

Sabga is the former chief business news anchor for CNN Headline News, and is also a former CNN correspondent and NBC News foreign correspondent. Tisdale is the former financial correspondent for PBS “Need to Know,” and is former business correspondent for CBS News. Geraldino is a former analyst, and has contributed to Bloomberg TV, CBS News and American Public Media.

More information on all three below.

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze is adding a White House correspondent. Fred Lucas, who had been the White House correspondent for CNSNews, will join TheBlaze in the same role, while Sara Carter joins as senior Washington correspondent. Video of Beck announcing the hires below.
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David Shuster To Join Al Jazeera America

Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster will be joining Al Jazeera as an anchor, a network source confirms to TVNewser. Shuster will likely anchor in the evenings, although a timeslot has not been confirmed. Shuster’s hire was first noted by Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post.

Shuster has been a regular on radio in Washington DC, and appeared frequently on Current TV after leaving MSNBC in 2010. MSNBC suspended Shuster in April of 2010 when it learned that he taped a pilot for CNN. The pilot never went anywhere, but MSNBC still felt compelled to lock him out until his contract with the network was completed.

At AJAM, Shuster is joining a bevy of TV news veterans, including former CNN anchors Ali Velshi and Soledad O’Brien and former HLN anchor Richelle Carey.

AJAM still does not have a chief executive or a head of programming, two roles that it should probably fill before it launches in a month’s time.

Richelle Carey Joining Al Jazeera America

TVNewser hears that former HLN anchor Richelle Carey is joining Al Jazeera America as an anchor, based in AJAM’s New York City headquarters. It isn’t entirely clear what program Carey will be anchoring for AJAM.

Carey left HLN in June after seven years with the cable channel. Before HLN she was an anchor at KMOV St Louis.

Carey will join a number of former colleagues from CNN and HLN at the channel, which launches next month, including Ali Velshi, Soledad O’Brien and Kim Bondy.

Al Jazeera America may be launching next month, but it is still waiting to announce who its chief executive will be. Whoever it is will have a programming slate more or less filled out already.

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.

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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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