View Full Version : Al Jazeera Said to Be Acquiring Current TV

Fire Haley
01-02-2013, 07:31 PM
Al Jazeera is finalizing a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.

If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms.

Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations.

Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.



Anything's better than Al Gore and Keith Olberman

Fire Haley
01-03-2013, 08:59 AM
done deal

Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV Upon Sale To Al Jazeera

NEW YORK –- Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel's sale to Al Jazeera became official.

"This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable," read an on-screen message where Current TV used to be found.

Al Jazeera America will be headquartered in New York City, and the network said it plans to double its U.S.-based staff to more than 300.


01-03-2013, 11:40 AM
So they are job creators

01-03-2013, 07:59 PM
Wonder what will happen as Current TV could become more popular now that Al Jazeera is acquiring it.

Fire Haley
01-04-2013, 09:48 AM
Well, they are a better news outlet than MSNBC


01-04-2013, 02:38 PM
Wonder what will happen as Current TV could become more popular now that Al Jazeera is acquiring it.

Current TV is defunct. it's AJ America