Al Jazeera America
|Al Jazeera America|
|Owned by||Al Jazeera Media Network|
|Broadcast area||United States (possibly Canada)|
|Headquarters||New York City|
Al Jazeera America, LLC or Al Jazeera America is the name of an upcoming news channel to be launched in the United States by the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera in 2013. It was announced on January 2, 2013, along with the announcement that the network had purchased the American progressive media company Current TV, which had been struggling in ratings and announced in October 2012 that it was considering selling itself. Al Jazeera has stated that it plans on shutting down the Current TV channel, keeping its off air staff and possibly some programs and using the company's distribution network to broadcast Al Jazeera America.
The channel will be headquartered and run from New York City. with 12 Bureaus in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, San Francisco(the headquarters of Current) among others yet to be announced. The Al Jazeera network also expects to increase its U.S. based staff to a total of more than 300 employees as a result of Al Jazeera America. It was announced in an article that the channel will not go on air until July, 2013 or later but will have well known veteran journalists, anchors and producers. 
In March 2013, Al Jazeera says it received more than 18,000 job applications for 170 positions at its soon-to-be launched US network, Al Jazeera America.
It was announced that CNN chief business correspondent and the anchor of Your Money, Ali Velshi, is the first major name to join Al Jazeera America. He will host a weekly, 30-minute show that is slated to be a nightly show by the end of the year.  It was later announced that they have hired veteran National Headline Award-winning journalist Edward Pound formerly of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report and the National Journal to lead its investigation devision. It later hired Andrea Stone most recently of the The Huffington Post and Tony Karon most recently of TIME Magazine to manage both U.S. and global coverage for the channel’s website and other digital platforms. Together they will determine the overall editorial direction for the site and both will be based in New York.
The channel is expected to be available in at least 40 million American households, out of 100 million total. In contrast, Al Jazeera English, which launched in 2006 and is currently the network's only English language channel, is broadcast in only a few U.S. cities and reaches 4.7 million households, though it is live streamed online for free. Al Jazeera America will not be live streamed online. Al Jazeera America is expected to replace Current TV on Comcast, Dish Network, Verizon, DirecTV, and AT&T. Shortly after the acquisition annoucement, Time Warner Cable, which broadcasts Current TV to nine million households stated that it will drop Current TV because it did not consent to its sale to Al Jazeera. The cable operator later said it will consider carriage of Al Jazeera America.
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- Rory O'Connor (January 4, 2013). "Welcome to America, Al Jazeera". Al Jazeera. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- Janko Roettgers (January 3, 2013). "Bad news for cord cutters: Al Jazeera America won’t be live streamed online". GigaOM. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
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- Michael Calderone (January 3, 2013). "Time Warner Cable Will Consider Carrying Al Jazeera's U.S. Network". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2013.