Photo: Soledad O'Brien at Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera is busy expanding its presence in America first with the $500 Million purchase of Al Gore’s ‘Current TV’ cable network and now with its talent acquisition of Soledad O’Brien.
O’Brien, the former CNN anchor and host of “Starting Point”, will produce hour-long documentary specials through her production company ‘Starfish Media Group’. In addition she will serve as a special correspondent for Al Jazeera’s new primetime show “America Tonight”.
O’Brien is the daughter of two immigrant parents from Cuba and Australia and mother of four.
“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” O’Brien said.
Just last month O’Brien, 46, announced she had landed an anchoring gig with HBO’s monthly magazine show, HBO Real Sports. O’Brien and CNN parted ways earlier this year.
In April CNN’s Ali Velshi announced he was leaving for Al Jazeera. Both O’Brien and Velshi will be working for the new U.S.-based news channel set to launch later this year. The news channel will be in English while the rest of Al Jazeera’s international network is presented in Arabic.
The Qatar-based news network has not been well received in certain media circles and by some Americans. The network some feel has a pro-Muslim bent, is too cozy with terrorist networks and the least of their alleged crimes appears being largely funded by oil money.
The international network attracted American scorn when it spoke of Al Qaeda terrorist acts as “so-called terrorism” and professed uncertainty as to who carried out the 9/11 attacks.