Since the Egyptian revolution against dictator, Honsi Mubarak in February 2011, Al Jazeera Media has played a major role in reporting about injustice abroad. On January 2, 2013, Al Jazeera announced that it purchased Current Media, LLC, an American progressive media company (co-founded and previously owned by Al Gore) and will launch a U.S.-based news channel. The new channel, Al Jazeera America, will replace a Current Media, LLC channel, Current TV. In an interview NBCNews, Al Gore responded to the purchase stating “we [owners of Current Media, LLC and Current TV] found it difficult to compete in this age of conglomerates, and I’m very pleased that Al Jazeera has established itself as a really respected newsgathering network.”
According to Al Jazeera’s press release, Al Jazeera will transition from existing programming until the new Al Jazeera channel begins to air. The new programming will report on domestic and international news.
Although the new channel will be headquartered in New York City, Al Jazeera plans to double the U.S. based staff to more than 300 employees in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. In addition, Al Jazeera will expand the number of its news bureaus in other major American cities that have yet to be announced. According to Al Jazeera English’s reporter, Cath Turder, Al Jazeera received 1,600 resumes within 24 hours of its first job ad placement.
In a press release uploaded on Al Jazeera Media Network’s website, Al Jazeera Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani stated “For many years, we understood that we could make a positive contribution to the news and information available in and about the United States and what we are announcing today will help us achieve that goal.”