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May 04, 2015 4:42 AM ET


Company Overview of Al Jazeera America, LLC

Company Overview

Al Jazeera America, LLC is a news, information, lifestyle, and investigative journalism television channel and online news desk. Its news channel features U.S., international, economy, technology, science, environment, health, education, culture, and sports news. Al Jazeera America, LLC was formerly known as Current TV, LLC and changed its name to Al Jazeera America, LLC in January 2013. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in San Francisco, California with news bureaus in the United States and internationally. As of January 2, 2013, Al Jazeera America, LLC operates as a subsidiary of beIN SPORTS.

118 King Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2002





Key Executives for Al Jazeera America, LLC

Chief Executive Officer
Founder, Chairman of the Board and Vice President
Age: 66
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 44
Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Al Jazeera America, LLC Key Developments

Former Vice President Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera over $500 Million Current TV Sale

Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera, saying it's withholding money promised from sale of Current TV. Al Jazeera purchased Current TV, its broadcast contracts and subcribers in January 2013 for over $500 million. The acquisition of Current TV, co-founded by Gore in 2005, allowed Al Jazeera to air Al Jazeera America in 43 million homes across the U.S. Since its launch, the cable news network has drawn praise for its ability to break stories objectively and its willingness to cover issues while willfully ignoring the spin of talking points and sound-bites. But Gore's Attorney David Boies, the same lawyer who represented the former presidential candidate in Bush v. Gore, says Al Jazeera is withholding money that is rightfully due to Current's former shareholders. The suit was filed in Delaware state court.

Al Jazeera America Announces Lay Off it's Employees

In a bid to restructure, Al Jazeera America has laid off dozens of employees.

Al Jazeera America Announces Management Changes

ABC News executive Kate O"Brian is the new president of Al Jazeera America. She has worked at ABC News for 30 years and since 2007 has overseen the network"s coverage of major news events. Three other American news veterans have been named senior vice presidents of Al Jazeera America. They are: David Doss, a producer for CNN"s "Anderson Cooper 360"; Shannon High-Bassalik, who has worked at CNN and NBC News; and Marcy McGinnis, a former senior news executive at CBS who has been teaching journalism the past few years. Al Jazeera also said that Ehab Al Shihabi, an executive at the company, is the U.S. network"s interim chief executive officer.

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