January 4, 2013 |
The announcement that al-Jazeera is buying Al Gore's Current TV network can be expected to run into what pundits call "a serious image problem. " Allowing the Qatar-based, Arab-owned network to be seen in 40 million U.S. households may be more than our fragile citizenry can bear. With its alleged positions against U.S. foreign policies and wars, al-Jazeera is just too "left" to be allowed access to our fearful public. Has anyone noticed that much of the world is "left" of the United States?
March 30, 2012 |
Current TV becomes the latest television network to sever a stormy relationship with famously fractious Keith Olbermann. Current TV founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said in a letter to viewers that they decided to cut bait because the relationship no longer represented "the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. " Olbermann's prime-time show, "Countdown" has been replaced, effective immediately, by a new show anchored by former New York governor/former CNN show anchor...
January 4, 2013 |
Al Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against global warming, may gross about $70 million from the sale of his Current TV network to al-Jazeera, the cable channel funded in part by oil-rich Qatar. Al-Jazeera will pay about $500 million for Current TV, including the stake held by Gore, 64, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. The network is one of dozens of investments made by the former vice president since he lost the 2000 presidential race...
January 3, 2013 |
Since its launch in 2006, al-Jazeera TV's English-language news channel has racked up prestigious journalism awards for its reporting on international issues, including the Arab Spring uprisings. The problem: Hardly anyone sees al-Jazeera English (AJE) because few cable TV operators carry it. On Wednesday, al-Jazeera's owner — the emir of the oil- and natural gas-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar — sought to change that. Al-Jazeera will pay an...
November 10, 2008 |
Current TV, backed by Al Gore, is going through a bit of its own gore today, as it laid off about 60 of its employees. The exact count: it is eliminating 60 positions in U.S. but is adding 30 new positions, and many laid off will be offered those new positions. The total staff count left now is 410. This comes a day after it announced its expansion into Canada, in a tie-up with CBC there. The company already has channels here in U.S., Britain, Ireland and...
March 20, 2011 |
These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. I just passed the 50,000-hour mark lifetime for watching TV. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2,000 hours. 2. ESPN has hired a "director of production analytics. " It's a stats job; I was not considered for the position. 3. Per Hubie Brown's advice, when I go to my grave, I hope I remember I can't take my timeouts with me. 4. Considering it ended up hiring Eliot Spitzer and Piers Morgan , I think CNN might want to...