Current TV

3:30pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

It's been two years since Al Jazeera bought out San Francisco's Current TV. Since then, the Arab News Network has learned a lot form its first foray in the American Market. Industry analysts speculate that we're about to see some changes in the network based on those learnings.

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4:43pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

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 Jazeera 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 entreé to the lucrative American media market.

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 Newsom Show,” but neither made Current a household name.

So what will Al-Jazeera do? Industry analysts speculate it will dissolve Current and reprogram it to create Al-Jazeera America. But KALW 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.

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12:45am

Fri January 4, 2013
Politics

Friday Media Roundtable: Protest in Delhi, Al Jazeera on US cable


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