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Al Jazeera Buys Current TV


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People walk by the Current TV offices on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco.
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People walk by the Current TV offices on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco.

Al Jazeera has bought San Francisco-based Current TV for $500 million. Owned by the government of Qatar, Al Jazeera hopes to expand its U.S. audience. The deal could potentially give the news network access to 50 million new homes. We discuss the history, ambitions and future of Al Jazeera and its potential impact on journalism in the U.S. The network has won many prestigious journalism awards, but some critics say it has an anti-American bias.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Bob Wheelock, executive producer for the Americas for Al Jazeera English
  • Philip Seib, professor, director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, author and editor of numerous books including "Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World"
  • Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute

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