Al-Jazeera International TV

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Faced as they are with a number of significant unknowns, the leaders of Al-Jazeera International have been advised not to talk to reporters. The management team includes former executives from Hill & Knowlton, CNBC and the BBC. Nigel Parsons, the managing director -- and the only executive who would speak to Salon -- previously worked at the television arm of the Associated Press. He explains the career move thusly: "As a journalist, what more could you ask for? It's a blank sheet of paper and an opportunity to make a difference."

Parsons, who was hired last August, has brought on about 30 staff so far, with 270 more soon to come. Al-Jazeera International will have news centers in Doha, Qatar; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London and Washington. For the on-air jobs, it wants native English speakers. According to Parsons, a lot of talent from places like ITN, Sky News, the BBC and CNN have applied. "A lot of people are cutting back on foreign news, and journalists are getting discouraged," Parsons said. Al-Jazeera International will be all foreign news.

http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2005/04/22/aljazeera/index_np.html
 

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