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Al-Jazeera America debuts as newest news network

August 21, 2013 • Entertainment


Ehab Al Shihabi, interim CEO for Al-Jazeera America, listens during an interview overlooking the newsroom, after the network’s first broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in New York. The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. outlet only eight months after announcing the new venture, which on Tuesday replaced Al Gore’s Current TV in more than 45 million TV homes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America signed on with a brisk hello from anchor Tony Harris before he got down to business with his network’s first stories: continued turmoil in Egypt, shots fired at an Atlanta elementary school and more wildfires in the West.

With that, the network entered the cable news fray long dominated by CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. outlet only eight months after announcing the new venture, which replaced Al Gore’s Current TV in more than 45 million TV homes Tuesday.

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