Report: Al Jazeera in Talks to Acquire Current TV

CurrentJazeera (1)The Arab news channel Al Jazeera is in the final stages of acquiring Current TV, the news-and-commentary channel founded by Al Gore and others, The New York Times reports.

Though not historically successful in the ratings, Current is available in 60 million of the 100 million American homes with cable or satellite service. If the deal goes through, it would give Al Jazeera a better platform from which to compete with CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and other American cable-news outlets.

Al Jazeera already offers English-language content on its Al Jazeera English channel, which is based in Qatar and is not carried on cable systems in most parts of America. The Times reports that Al Jazeera will form a new channel — possibly called Al Jazeera America — in New York. The new venture will mix U.S.-produced programming with Al Jazeera English content in a roughly 60/40 ratio.

Current was founded in 2005 by Gore and American businessman Joel Hyatt. It gained some buzz in 2011 by hiring Keith Olbermann after his MSNBC ouster (he was later let go from Current TV, as well) and has since presented a liberal stance on the topics of the day.

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  1. J. Norman says:

    Wow, this is a new low for Al Gore.

    • Zak says:

      In what way? Al Jazeera is better then all of our news channels which isn’t saying much sadly. I get my news from BBC, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, and five minutes of CNN to see what the talking points of the day are to round it off.

    • Alan says:

      why? im assuming you are basing this on the fact that they aired the bin laden videos but all they were doing was reporting news and trying to get rating like all other news channels do. you dont care though because “Murica” is better than all others and anyone who says anything bad against them is automatically horrible and should be reviled. this is just a business deal between two companies like many others that happen everyday.
      the worst thing is that i only came onto this page to read the ignorant comments and as always i was unfortunately i wasnt disappointed.

    • SanaA says:

      Al Jazeera is more accurate than all the North American news media combined. For you to immanently perceive this news as “low for Al Gore” based on the name Al Jazeera and connecting it to the Middle East just goes to show how little you are and how close minded you’re.

  2. arianeb says:

    This could be a good thing. Al Jazeera is the best source of international news you can find without the corporate sponsor censorship. It’s one of my favorite places to go to find out what is really going on in the world. Meanwhile Current TV, which was founded as a liberal alternative to Fox News, has had a problem getting good content to fill the channel, especially since MSNBC has done a better job in that regard. Combining the two seems like a good idea to me.

  3. jenna says:

    hoping this deal works out! Al Jazeera has become one of my go to places for international news , just hope that ‘Al Jazeera America’ won’t be as American-biased as many other news stations

  4. Lexi says:

    My question is how quickly will cable providers is the US drop the channel if this deal goes through, out of misguided fear or ignorance?

  5. shar says:

    Gore was the former US VP and is selling his failed, far left news channel to a media company run by the country of Qatar. Bizarre. Maybe it’s like BBC America, though comparing UK to Qatar seems crazy.

    • AmbidextrousAspie says:

      This country would be a lot better off and more intelligent if a certain far right “news” channel went off the air.

  6. Tess says:

    I sure hope this doesn’t happen…I like Current TV as it is.

  7. Claire says:

    I hope it goes through — I have watched their channel before, and it will be nice to have another news option.

  8. Ruth says:

    Personally, I think this is awful news.

  9. Bri says:

    Al Jazeera is run with oil money. I guess Al decided it isn’t so evil after all.