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Al Jazeera to Start US News Channel

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 3, 2013 Last Updated: January 6, 2013
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A woman walks by the Current TV offices on Jan. 3, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera is looking to expand on its United States market after the recent purchase of Current TV. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A woman walks by the Current TV offices on Jan. 3, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera is looking to expand on its United States market after the recent purchase of Current TV. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera is looking to expand on its U.S. market after the recent purchase of Current TV.

The network is looking to set up Al Jazeera America, which will reach 40 million homes in the United States—up from around 4.7 million before the deal went through.

Al Jazeera will open more bureaus in several other American cities outside of New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles, where it already has offices.

“By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S., as well as increase our newsgathering and reporting efforts in America,” Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, head of the network, said in an announcement from Al Jazeera.

The announcement states that numerous Americans already view the network’s content online, with 40 percent of its website traffic coming from the United States.

Current TV, which was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was launched in 2005 and is available in 60 million homes. 

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