Al Jazeera http://kalw.org en Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market http://kalw.org/post/al-jazeera-takes-current-reality-tv-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Francisco’s Current TV is going through significant changes, again. The channel, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was sold to Al&nbsp;</span>Jazeera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for half-a-billion dollars in January. It’s a lot of money, but the gamble could pay off for the Arab network by providing&nbsp;</span>entreé<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to the lucrative American media market.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Current, which initially tried to capitalize on user-generated content, has had trouble cracking that marketplace. It developed a stable of left-leaning political programs, including “The Young Turks” and “The Gavin&nbsp;</span>Newsom<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Show,” but neither made Current a household name.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So what will&nbsp;</span>Al-Jazeera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;do? Industry analysts speculate it will dissolve Current and reprogram it to create&nbsp;</span>Al-Jazeera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;America. But&nbsp;</span>KALW<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;investigative reporter Chris Hoff got inside access to secret meetings taking place at Current headquarters in San Francisco to find out what’s really going to happen. Hoff filed this report.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:43:46 +0000 Chris Hoff 25203 at http://kalw.org Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market