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More Cuts at Al Jazeera America

Al-Jazeera-America304As the year-old network looks to cut costs, Al Jazeera America has parted ways with a correspondent and two executive producers, TVNewser has learned.

Last week, AJAM declined to renew the contract of Miami-based correspondent Natasha Ghoneim. A photographer in the bureau has also resigned. And today, we hear two executive producers were let go.

“We are going to replace the correspondent and camera person who are gone,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser about the Miami changes. “Like any business, we’re always looking at how to most effectively and efficiently deploy our resources and as such looking at costs is a regular exercise, but there aren’t any plans for ‘extreme’ cost-cutting.”

Regarding executive producer cuts, the spokesperson adds: “In an organization of over 800 employees, there may be weeks when a few people leave and weeks when a few people join. As a policy we don’t discuss personnel matters publicly.”

Following cuts in April, CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told staffers in July that more layoffs were possible.

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Al Jazeera America Adds Regional Correspondents for 12 Bureaus

Al Jazeera America continues to staff up adding correspondents to report from 12 U.S. news bureaus.

Al Jazeera America will have correspondents in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“It is critical for Al Jazeera America to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the U.S. so that we can cover the news from wherever it happens,” said Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president of newsgathering. McGinnis says the correspondents will be tasked with reporting on “a wide range of local, state and regional stories within the context of what it means for the rest of the country.”

TVSpy reported yesterday that Allen Schauffler (above, second from left), the weekend anchor at NBC affiliate KING in Seattle for the last 20 years, will head up the Northwest bureau. The network is still looking for correspondents in New York and San Francisco. But here’s who else is joining:

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