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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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Bloomberg Cuts 100 From Radio/TV Division

bloomberg_2-4.bmpAs first reported by two U.K. newspapers, TVNewser confirms Bloomberg is cutting 100 jobs in the radio and television groups. Forty-five from the New York newsroom.

“We have eliminated around 100 positions in the U.S. and are considering some additional redundancies in Europe, UK and Japan, specifically in radio and television,” Bloomberg’s head of PR, Judith Czelusniak, tells TVNewser. “We’re reorganizing the radio and TV operation into an English-language global 24/7 business network.”

Despite the cuts in TV/Radio, Bloomberg is “hiring around 1,000 employees this year in print news, product development, sales and customer service.”

The major shake-up comes less than four months after Bloomberg’s new CEO, Andy Lack, took over the network. “The business television viewer needs a universal perspective that is not now available on any financial network — and only Bloomberg has all the pieces,” says Czelusniak. “Andy is here to put those pieces together into a global network.”

Yesterday TVNewser reported Mike Schneider had been let go from the network and his 10pmET show “Night Talk” canceled. That followed the departure of Bloomberg TV (U.S.) managing editor John Meehan last month.

Bloomberg’s “Small Army Covering” The Crisis

bloom_9-15(2).jpgBloomberg is a big name on Wall Street, and on days like today when the market is the story of the day, it enters the spotlight even more.

“This is an issue that is going to affect everyone going forward,” Bloomberg TV (U.S.) managing editor John Meehan tells TVNewser. “We have the opportunity to really expand the audience and invite other viewers who wouldn’t typically see us.”

One of the ways Bloomberg aims to accomplish that is its strong global presence. “Bloomberg news has more than 2000 reporters,” says Meehan. “We have a small army covering this particular issue from every angle you can imagine.”

Bloomberg, which was live, and is live, every Sunday night with feeds from other countries, spent even more time this weekend with the Lehman story breaking. Dispatching a team to the Fed for coverage all weekend, Bloomberg was feeling ready this morning. “We had people in place to follow what was a very fluid situation,” said Meehan.

Tonight, Bloomberg airs a special, “Reshaping Wall Street,” at 6pmET, anchored by Betty Liu. “Money and Politics” at 9pmET will cover the opening of the Asian markets and the latest Wall Street news. At 10pmET, Tom Keene anchors “Night Talk” and interviews John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics.

Meehan says Bloomberg TV’s goal is to help those watching. “Viewers want to know when this is going to be over,” he said.