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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.

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Soledad O’Brien Named Special Correspondent For Al Jazeera America

As TVNewser first reported was in the works last week, Al Jazeera America has signed former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to a development deal, and will feature her as a “special correspondent” for its primetime newsmagazine, “America Tonight.”

O’Brien’s company, Starfish Media Group, will produce longform documentary specials for AJAM when the channel launches in August, with O’Brien appearing on-air for shorter-form reports on AJAM’s newsmagazine.

“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism.”

The deal with AJAM gives O’Brien three development deals since she signed off from CNN’s “Starting Point” at the end of March. She has a “first-look” deal with CNN (ncluding for the “In America” series) and HBO (which includes scripted fare), and appears on-air for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

AJAM continues to staff up with talent even as it lacks a chief executive to run the day-to-day operations of the channel. We hear that a decision on who that person may be is imminent, and could happen as soon as this week.

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Al Jazeera America Plans ‘America Tonight’ Nightly News Program

Al Jazeera America has pulled back the curtain on one of its new signature programs: a primetime current affairs magazine, “America Tonight.” The one-hour program will air at 9 PM nightly, and will be executive produced by former CNN EP and executive Kim Bondy.

Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof Putzel will be three of the correspondents reporting for the program.

“America Tonight” will originate from The Newseum in Washington DC, in the space formerly occupied by ABC News’ “This Week.” The series “will present in-depth segments each night on the economy, government, education, healthcare and the environment, and include breaking news.” the channel says.

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The Morning Ticker: Spurlock, Bondy, Williams

  • Morgan Spurlock‘s CNN show has a name and a launch date. “Inside Man” debuts Sunday, June 23 at 10pmET. The 8-episode run explores topics ranging from migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, and drought.

  • Former NBC News and CNN executive producer Kim Bondy is joining Al Jazeera America where she will oversee a nightly newsmagazine for the new network.

  • At Elon University’s commencement Saturday, NBC’s Brian Williams tossed a baseball into the crowd of graduates, meant for his son Douglas who is among the 1,170 to receive degrees.