September 10, 2013 |
DAVE WARREN, who left his weatherman post at NBC10 in March, will be doing weather segments for the new 24/7 news network based in New York. Warren had been with NBC10 since 2003. Warren, who's headed to Al Jazaeera America, said he looked at options all over the country after NBC10 did not renew his contract, and he's excited about the prospect of covering weather nationally rather than locally. "As a meteorologist, I get to go to where the weather is happening rather than just having it come to me," Warren told me, adding that he'll occasionally get to travel to wherever major weather events are happening.
August 23, 2013 |
Al Jazeera has come to America, and that includes Philadelphia - a wonderful city, but not always the most congenial and cosmopolitan. Philly can be picky. So how does a new news outlet - one with a name that doesn't roll off the tongue in South Philly - position itself here? "They could give away Frisbees on Penn's Landing," joked Peter Jaroff, an assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple University, and a longtime 6ABC news producer. On Tuesday, Al Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. cable news outlet, Al Jazeera America, promising a contrast to the "news-talk" format of U.S. networks.
July 11, 2013 |
H ARVEY WEINSTEIN is fighting with Warner Bros. over the name of the new movie by Philly native Lee Daniels . In dispute is the claim to the title "The Butler," which the Weinstein Co. has promoted as the name of Daniels' upcoming drama about a White House butler, starring Forest Whitaker, which is to be released Aug. 16. It's based on the life of White House butler Eugene Allen , whose service extended through decades of U.S. presidents....
February 10, 2013 |
IN THE MAYOR'S WING of City Hall on Friday, an enormous red carpet covered the floors, dramatic navy-blue drapes lined the halls, and gold-painted chairs filled a reception room. The guest of honor? Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Qatar's ambassador to the U.S. The small Persian Gulf state has the world's highest per capita gross domestic product and the largest natural-gas reserve. The ambassador is visiting Philadelphia in hopes of establishing a relationship leading to investment opportunities.
January 9, 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. Last week, 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 undisclosed sum - unconfirmed reports said $500 million - for Current TV, the little-watched but widely distributed cable network cofounded by former vice president Al Gore.
January 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on U.S. cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in this country nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. Bloomberg News, citing two sources close to the deal, reported the network was sold for about $500 million - an eightfold increase from the $60 million cofounder Al Gore and his partners paid in 2004. The former vice president confirmed the sale, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view.
October 13, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Fighters from a shadowy militant group with suspected links to al-Qaeda joined Syrian rebels in seizing a government missile defense base in northern Syria on Friday, according to activists and amateur video. It was unclear whether the rebels were able to hold the base, and analysts questioned whether they would be able to make use of any of the missiles they may have spirited away. Nevertheless, the assault underscored fears of advanced weaponry falling into the hands of extremists playing an increasingly large role in Syria's civil war. Videos purportedly shot inside the air defense base and posted online stated that the extremist group, Jabhat al-Nusra, participated in the overnight battle near the village of al-Taaneh, three miles east of the country's largest city, Aleppo.
March 28, 2012 |
PARIS - A video apparently showing a Muslim gunman's attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school was sent to the Al-Jazeera news network - but not by him, French police said Tuesday, raising the specter of a possible accomplice. Al-Jazeera on Tuesday decided not to air a video that seems to have been filmed from the killer's point of view and includes the cries of his victims. The decision came after President Nicolas Sarkozy asked the network not to broadcast it. While French politicians describe gunman Mohamed Merah as a "lone wolf" terrorist, his brother is behind bars on suspicion of helping in the attacks and police are continuing to look for potential accomplices.
February 22, 2012
THE ARAB-based TV giant Al Jazeera has a decade-long love-hate relationship with the U.S. government, but the network - which includes the English-language Al Jazeera English, or AJE - proved its worth in 2011 with intrepid wall-to-wall coverage of the "Arab Spring" uprising. And it did this without cutting away every five minutes to remind us that Whitney Houston is still dead. This week, Al Jazeera English won one of America's top two journalism prizes, a George Polk Award, for a documentary about the revolt against Bahrain's monarchy.
February 14, 2012 |
The English-language offshoot of the Arab network Al-Jazeera claims a viewership of 250 million households in 120 countries on six continents, but in the United States, it is available in only five markets. On Monday, about 40 demonstrators descended on the Philadelphia headquarters of Comcast Corp. to demand that it add Al-Jazeera English (AJE) to its lineup of cable offerings. Organized by Rethink Press, a Washington group critical of mainstream media, the protesters brought 23,092 signatures advocating for inclusion of AJE. It was created in 2006 as a spin-off of the 16-year-old Qatar-based channel known for aggressive coverage of the Middle East.