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January 3, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2002 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
TV monitors, eight on each side, flank a huge world map inside the bustling newsroom of Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language satellite news outlet that guarantees controversy each time it broadcasts a videotape of Osama bin Laden. "If it's newsy, we put it on the air," senior producer Ahmed A. Shouly said. But critics, including Vice President Cheney, have called the station a "platform for propaganda. " On Thursday, black-clad Islamic separatists holding hundreds of hostages inside a Moscow theater chose Al-Jazeera for their first communique to the world.
NEWS
April 14, 2005 | By Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An American hostage, looking scared and clutching what appeared to be his passport, pleaded for his life and urged the U.S. government to withdraw its troops from the country in a video broadcast yesterday on the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. A U.S. Embassy spokesman identified the man as Jeffrey Ake, 47, a contractor from LaPorte, Ind., who was kidnapped Monday while he was working at a water-treatment plant in Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad. The soundless video showed Ake seated behind a wooden desk, visibly shaken, with three machine guns pointed at him by men masked by kaffiyeh head scarves.
NEWS
January 2, 2002 | By Jonathan Gelb INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The world news is different on Channel 645. And that is the way Anan Zahr likes it. Beamed into her western Delaware County home via a satellite dish on the roof is Zahr's idea of Must-See TV - the Arab-language network al-Jazeera. The nightly reports she watches are heavy with stories on the destruction wreaked on Afghanistan by American bombs, with footage of dying civilians. Since the tape of Osama bin Laden laughing about the Sept. 11 destruction surfaced last month, she has seen a succession of commentators call it an American trick - a suspicion she herself harbors.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The Bush administration condemned it. Middle East kingdoms censored it. Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network with more than 40 million viewers worldwide, must be doing something right. Or something provocative, at least. In Control Room, an eye-opening, important film that examines the war in Iraq from both Arab and Western perspectives, "truth" becomes another casualty. Jehane Noujaim's behind-the-scenes documentary about Al-Jazeera - with its producers and reporters mobilizing to cover the imminent move into Iraq by the United States and Britain - offers a metaphoric aerial shot of the chasm separating Western viewers from their counterparts in the Arab world.
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2002 | Daily News wire services
The world's most-wanted man reappeared on center stage yesterday in a videotape aired by an Arab language satellite network. Wearing a white flowing headdress, Osama bin Laden is shown next to his top aide Ayman al-Zawahiri against what appears to be a countryside backdrop. As bin Laden calmly strokes his beard, al-Zawahiri declares that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are a "great victory. " "God Almighty is merciful and he chooses those who are, those 19, who went out and sacrificed their lives for the cause of Allah," said al-Zawahiri in the tape released by the Al-Jazeera network and translated by CNN It was not clear when the videotape was shot.
NEWS
September 27, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
A Spanish court yesterday sentenced a Syrian man to 27 years in prison for conspiring to commit the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and leading a cell of the terrorist network al Qaeda in Madrid. The sentence is the only one to date in connection with the attacks. In addition to the main defendant, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, 41, also known as Abu Dahdah, 17 other men were found guilty of either belonging to or aiding his terrorist cell. Those men, including Taysir Alony, a correspondent for the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera, received sentences of from six to 11 years.
NEWS
June 26, 2003 | Daily News wire services
The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera yesterday reported that it had received a statement and videotape from an Iraqi resistance group that claimed responsibility for attacks on American forces and threatened more. It was believed to be the first such claim, and the first time a group said it had organized the increasingly bloody offensive. The Pentagon repeatedly has said the attacks, which have claimed at least 18 American lives since May 1, when President Bush declared the major fighting over, were not the work of any organized resistance.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Jamey Keaten and Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
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.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
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....
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Paul Farhi, Washington Post
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.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 13, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard and Zeina Karam, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Jamey Keaten and Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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