Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV
By Brian Stelter
6:48 p.m. | Updated Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.
Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||01/11/2013|
[quote]Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.
That may be true, but it isn't watched by 1% of those 60 million homes. It isn't even watched by 0.5%
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/02/2013|
And there's no guarantee the cable systems will carry the channel once it becomes Al-Jazeera.
Time Warner has already pulled Current down:
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/02/2013|
And what happens to Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer, etc? Are they still under contract to these people?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/02/2013|
God forbid we ever get to hear another point of view.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/02/2013|
[quote] And what happens to Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer, etc? Are they still under contract to these people?
It doesn't sound that way. According to OP's link:
[quote] Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/02/2013|
Damn, I didn't realize how dismal Current TV's ratings were. I find it baffling that the news junkie audience doesn't gravitate towards any of their programming even though I should know better.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/02/2013|
Jennifer Granholm had apparently been so pessimistic about Current's future that she was only signing three-month contracts anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/02/2013|
In NYC, Time Warner has been carrying Al Jazeera for over a year on the RISE channel (93 or so).
They took down Current and Ovation on January 1 - it was about costs (too few viewers, too much to carry the channel) and had nothing to do with the Al Jazeera take over.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/03/2013|
I hope Jennifer Granholm gets offered some sort of gig at MSNBC.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/03/2013|
Here comes the next Ground Zero mosque protest. Demands will be made for Comcast not to carry the network, and Comcast with cave.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/03/2013|
If you haven't watched AJTV, it's better than MSNBCBSFOXNEWS in that it doesn't "toe the party line" and actually calls out the government on bullshit. Like Hillary being in a plane crash.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/03/2013|
Which is why it'll be banned, r11. It won't go through. America is anti-Arab. They are specifically anti-Al Jazeera, which the Bush Administration continuously called out by name for propagandizing for terrorists in the Middle East, getting our soldiers killed. Don't start going off on whether that's true or not. You're preaching to the choir. The fact remains that the average American is not going to stand for this network being broadcast nationally in the United States.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/03/2013|
Al Jazeera is owned by the Qatar government.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/03/2013|
[quote]it doesn't "toe the party line" and actually calls out the government on bullshit.
Calls out the US government, specifically. You'll never hear a peep on there about the Qatari government.
Not that I care; I welcome Al Jazeera to my cable lineup, fingers crossed.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/03/2013|
This is as good a place as any to bitch about people who pronounce Qatar as "Cutter" or "Gutter", thinking they're approximating some variety of Arabic. People I know who work there say the locals just pronounce it "Catarrh."
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/03/2013|
TERRORISTS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/03/2013|
I liked Current TV when it was seemingly the one-man shop of Brett Erlich.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/03/2013|
I hope Eliot Spitzer finds another home. IMO he's just what TV needs. He's great.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/03/2013|
Will it be all news all the time?
Or other things as well?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/03/2013|
[quote]Which is why it'll be banned
Excuse me? What about that part of the First Amendment "Congress shall make no abridging..." I will love the lesson in constitutional law tea baggers are going to be getting.
Al Jazeera created BeIN sport which shows soccer from most the major leagues in Europe except England's. Two channels, one in English, the other in Spanish are shown in the U.S.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/03/2013|
[quote]Excuse me? What about that part of the First Amendment "Congress shall make no abridging..."
Nobody's saying Congress is going to ban Al Jazeera America. The idea is that no cable system will want to carry it for fear of consumer backlash against an "Arab" network.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/03/2013|
Comcast just pulled the plug.
[quote]Excuse me? What about that part of the First Amendment "Congress shall make no abridging..." I will love the lesson in constitutional law tea baggers are going to be getting.
Oh, you are such a naive little asshat.
You can't shout fire in a crowded room, and you can't threaten the president's life. The First Amendment is a farce. Apparently, you aren't aware of this thing called the "Red scare," not to mention our no-fly list, and the fact that all our shit is wiretapped. Have you heard of this site called Wikileaks by any chance? Indefinite detainment? The Constitution is meaningless today. The US government would run Al Jazeera out of business. Al Jazeera cut down on its 2008 presidential election coverage thanks to pressure by the US government.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/03/2013|
[quote]Nobody's saying Congress is going to ban Al Jazeera America. The idea is that no cable system will want to carry it for fear of consumer backlash against an "Arab" network.
Which is what happened, and is the reason why it's no longer happening now.
Arabs are not welcome in the United States.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/03/2013|
[quote]Oh, you are such a naive little asshat
Well thank you for your early morning venom, sir. May I ask why you like indulging in typical tea bagger behavior? (i.e. couldn't be civil to save their lives) I always thought this typified small-minded, uneducated people.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/03/2013|
I love Stephanie Miller and her crew. Their drunken John Boener imitation is spot on.
Joy Behar just can't catch a break. First she loses her HLN gig. Now this.
The Young Turks and Eliot Spritzer are outstanding too.
I hope they all find new homes soon!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/03/2013|
One other thing. Stephanie Miller has been on for almost 3 hours and they are not discussing this at all. One caller did ask Stephanie where she was going next as she hung up, but Steph didn't discuss it. They must've been told not to discuss anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/03/2013|
Time Warner pulled Current after midnight.
I had to listen to Stephanie's show on an older AM radio!
I will miss some of the shows, but I knew something was going on because they took off most of the talk shows over the Christmas/New Year break.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/03/2013|
[quote] I will miss some of the shows, but I knew something was going on because they took off most of the talk shows over the Christmas/New Year break.
Wow. Maybe the talk show hosts were on break too, did you ever think of that?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/03/2013|
Jennifer Granholm just announced that she is leaving Current TV. How long before Elliot Spitzer, Joy Behar, and Cenk Uyger follow suit?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/03/2013|
Aw I'm gonna watching their election coverage, Jennifer G., Joy and Jodie's girlfriend. Damnmit, can't they keep their shows? Are they afraid of being tagged with being an Al Jazeera program?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/03/2013|
Forget Jenifer, Eliott and Joy I am more concerned over what will happen to the adorable and funny Brett Erlich. Erlich has worked on many of the current shows and is currently on Granholm's ahow.
He is more than eye candy he is a talent!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/03/2013|
So if I'm following this correctly, Al-Jazeera bought Current literally for the channel, not for any of its content and not for the Current name? Sucks for them that cable providers are now dropping the channel fast.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||01/03/2013|
R28, I enjoyed the SM show during the election season, but wow, what a difference. I quickly soured on the three of them, so I haven't tuned in, but you don't have to listen on the AM dial. You can go to iheartradio and either listen online or download the app.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/03/2013|
[quote]Time Warner [...] took down Current and Ovation on January 1 - it was about costs (too few viewers, too much to carry the channel) and had nothing to do with the Al Jazeera take over.
Not where I am (Central NY State). Ovation was dropped at the new year but Current was still running until after this news came down yesterday.
I love Stephanie Miller and enjoyed catching her simulcast on Current when I happened to be home at those hours on weekdays. I listen to her on an Ithaca AM radio station in my car, which I can only pick up depending on the weather. (Yeah, I know, I need satellite radio). I hardly ever watched Current otherwise, even though I like Granholm and love John Fugelsang, who has, or had, a weekly show.
I'll probably miss Ovation more--they ran some good musicals and documentaries about pop music, the weirdly compelling UK "Antiques Roadshow," and some good niche movies that wouldn't otherwise be on cable. But I get that it is probably one of the lowest-rated cable networks out there.
I hear Time Warner is considering dropping IFC, too. That would be really bad news.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/03/2013|
Not only did he push though the sale before the tax rate went up, he sold it to an anti American propaganda source that is paid for by Arab oil money,
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/03/2013|
Aljazera news is good, I use the app.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/03/2013|
oops, just noticed my missing word at r31.
[Quote]Aw I'm gonna MISS watching their election coverage, Jennifer G., Joy and Jodie's girlfriend. Damnmit, can't they keep their shows? Are they afraid of being tagged with being an Al Jazeera program?
What made you sour on them r34?
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/04/2013|
Not one cable company in the south will carry it, nor in most of the west...Texas...no fucking way. Most of the states is this shitty country are red states and none of them will stand for this "propaganda". They have no problem with Faux Noise propaganda however.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/04/2013|
I love it, R37!
We have tolerated enough fake patriotic shit from all three cable-news programmers -- CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC -- at numerous points since at least George W. Bush was president. Let's have more exposure to the world outside the United States which does not limit us to what those cable-news programmers and broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- "approve" for their viewing audiences.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||01/05/2013|
Racist much, R37?
So it's fine that Australian money can own tons of media outlets where they push the neocon agenda, but a media outlet that prides itself on being what CNN used to be, shouldn't be allowed to air in the US?
Most Americans are such brainwashed idiots.
You're too ignorant to let go of the fact that it was the Bush admin. who portrayed Al Jazeera as some "terrorist" network. Just another lie told by them.
Yes, a network so bad that during the war, the US networks were using tAJ's feed, and without permission.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||01/05/2013|
Al Gore's being called a hypocrite? He's never not been a capitalist. Why do freepers have the mistaken idea that he wasn't?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||01/05/2013|
Freepers tend to warp reality.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||01/05/2013|
"Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America"
That's a current headline at Al Jazeera. As an American, I call bullshit. Had they written "anti-Muslim rhetoric spiralling out of control," I would have said they had an arguable position. But the current headline is hysterical overstatement. If you check the "'Hate crime' on cards for Iraqi woman killed in US" inset on the page, that has to do with an family murder in California that the killer staged (badly) as a hate crime.
This is the sort of bullshit we deride Fox News for. It shouldn't get a pass just because it's Arab bullshit instead of American bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||01/05/2013|
It's status-jockeying, R49. Reflexively supporting whoever the cultural left says is above reproach is how they differentiate themselves from flyover fundies. Never mind that their extremists are worse than ours. Fundie Christians are horrible, but they generally won't firebomb the offices of a magazine that tells a Jesus joke.
The idiot social justice bloggers on Tumblr fall all over themselves fetishizing hijabis while saying things about Christians they'd never have the guts to say to Muslims.
ps. I vote Dem too.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||01/05/2013|
[quote]The idiot social justice bloggers on Tumblr fall all over themselves fetishizing hijabis
Even better than that - the half-witted "feminists" who frequent ONTD won't even have have a bad word said about [italic]burqas[/italic]!
|by Anonymous||reply 51||01/05/2013|
Yes, the libfems are included among the social justice types I spoke of. Not that there is anything wrong with seeking social justice, but the online SJ cabal is mostly about liberals impressing other liberals with how enlightened they are.
That's how the oppression totem pole is right now. I've seen reports of the British Socialist Workers' Party asking English women to wear hijabs to appease their Muslim members.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||01/05/2013|
R48 is quoting out of context. I've never seen any anti gay promotion via AlJazeera. I've used the news app for a few years.
Why don't we look at the NyDaily news, now there is some propaganda.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||01/05/2013|
where will stephanie miller go???
|by Anonymous||reply 54||01/05/2013|
The "half-witted" feminists on ONTD tend to be in the 13-24 year old age range.
There are a lot of Muslim girls on ONTD and Tumblr. I'm familiar with them through soccer blogs. The ones in Western Europe generally adopt completely western attitudes, though they're understandably offended if someone makes assumptions about cultural or religious matters or the Palestinian problem. The girls in the Middle East are in an alternate reality. Very infantile and child-like.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||01/05/2013|
I've nothing to back this up, but I have a feeling that Spitzer may be invited to stay. He's a brilliant commentator, a name, and had the only show on Current that regularly attracted more than 100k viewers. Although I can see how hitching his wagon to Al Jazeera may not be in his best interest if he's looking to run for office again.
I for one will really miss The Young Turks and will make it a point to watch it online. Where I used to think Cenk Uygur came off as a frat-boy-turned-union-boss blowhard, lately he's been on fire, quite eloquent in calling Obama on his blue dog Democrat bs.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||01/05/2013|
It's from Al Jazeera Arabic, r53.
Of course they know they wouldn't get awy with this shit on their English-language channel - but it still shows the mindset of the people behind this.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||01/05/2013|
I hope they don't mess with the MSNBC line-up now there's a few unemployed TV personalities out there. On the bright side, any of their stars would be a wonderful replacement for Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper at CNN.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||01/06/2013|
[quote]Why are gays (and guilty white liberals in general) so muslim-friendly?
Oh, god, the troll's back. F&F it immediately. I love when the Freeps make it so damn easy!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||01/06/2013|
r49/r50/r51/r52/r55/r59 = talking to herself. Nice IP play, honey. F&F!
[quote]ps. I vote Dem too.
Yeah, sure you do, honey.
r50 doesn't capitalize words like r49. Hmm, wonder why...
|by Anonymous||reply 61||01/06/2013|
[quote]Al Gore is a hypocrit.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||01/06/2013|
r48 posts no source. Haha. Trollin, trollin, trollin...
|by Anonymous||reply 63||01/06/2013|
r48's quote comes from a far Right blog. F&F
|by Anonymous||reply 64||01/06/2013|
I guess the people shitting on AJE were cool with the US media pushing the lies of the government, allowing govt officials to lie to you without questioning those lies and pushing for a false war leading to hundreds of thousands of people being killed including thousands of Americans, but AJE is the one with the "propaganda."
Keep fighting to stay stupid.
No doubt this troll is quite the productive member of society, eh?
When people have time to post some long-winded, bigoted screed which includes some incredibly *clever* derogatory derivation of a word, you just know they're captains of industry.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||01/06/2013|
Al Jazeera is a great news source, please, what is all this negativity? They are light years ahead of FauxNews.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||01/06/2013|
[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]
|by Anonymous||reply 68||01/06/2013|
Here's a quote from that noted neocon website, Queerty:
[quote]Al Jazeera’s English Network Is Much Gay-Friendlier Than Its Arabic Channel. Duh
How dare they slime the fabulous Al Jazeera!
|by Anonymous||reply 69||01/06/2013|
I was wondering when the Freepers would come in and start bashing Muslims.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||01/06/2013|
Yep, the anti-gay, anti-Muslim freepers are in full swing.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||01/06/2013|
Can't wait for webbie to delete the proud Freeptards who stink up our threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||01/06/2013|
[quote]Here's a quote from that noted neocon website, Queerty
Written by "EDITOR EDITOR"
|by Anonymous||reply 75||01/06/2013|
Seriously? Linking to Queerty proves I'm a freeper? If that's your idea of a reasonable deduction, anything and everything you post should be ignored.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||01/06/2013|
[quote]GO SUCK SOME MORE ISLAM COCK, YOU FILTHY DHIMMI PC PIECE OF SHIT EUROTRASH ISLAM SLAVE!!!!!!
well, if you put it hat way...
|by Anonymous||reply 77||01/06/2013|
Time Warner dropped it, any idea where I can see their programs, until Current is officially dead?
|by Anonymous||reply 78||01/06/2013|
The leftist crony Al Gore is now richer than the confused crony, Mitt "my pollster said I was going to win" Romney.
Gore left office with a net worth of $1.9 million and after 12 years is now worth $300 million.
MSN reports: With an estimated $100 million gross profit from the sale of his Current TV to pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, Gore is now worth more than $300 million, according to an estimate from Forbes.com.
That puts his net worth well ahead of that of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has an estimated fortune of $230 million.
Gore's wealth accumulation began soon after he left the White House in 2001. Apple (AAPL) tapped him in 2003 to serve on its board, and the former vice president held more than 100,000 shares and options in the tech company as of Dec. 17, according to a regulatory filing. That makes Gore's stake worth more than $56 million, based on Apple's recent trading price.
Google hired Gore to serve as a senior adviser on environmental issues in 2001, a role he held for three years. He doesn't have a formal financial relationship with the company currently, Forbes.com reports.
Gore also has his hand in a global investment company called Generation Investment Management, which he founded in 2004 with ex-Goldman Sachs (GS +0.95%) executive David Blood. Together, Blood and Gore have reportedly built a company with assets under management of more than $6 billion.
The truth is, serving in the White House often proves beneficial to a person's financial health.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||01/10/2013|
Freeper bumps thread. Great.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||01/10/2013|
R37, if you're worried about Arab ownership of American media, please boycott Fox News. Everyone knows its largest shareholder is Australian Rupert Murdoch (proving, along with Russell Crowe, that if anyone can be bigger assholes than Americans, it's Aussies). But its second largest shareholder is Saudi prince Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Saudi Arabia is the home of the most radical Islamists, like Osama Bin Laden. Qatar, on the other hand, is home to the largest US military base in the Middle East, and for good or evil the place from which we launched two of our last three wars.
Al Jazeera is more hated in the Arab world and Israel than in the US, because their goal is to outdo the BBC in investigative reporting. The USA is not the only nation with a government that hates having its ugly side exposed.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||01/11/2013|
When it came to making a choice between making money and preserving one of the very few progressive outlets on cable TV, Al Gore chose making money.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||01/11/2013|
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and News Corp. own the Rotana Group, which has a Arabic-language news service. Jon Stewart has more:
|by Anonymous||reply 84||01/11/2013|
All Gore cares about is money.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||01/11/2013|
Where is the moderator? Come on! You have all the Freepers aligned in here, just ripe for the deleting!
|by Anonymous||reply 86||01/11/2013|
Can't handle the truth about Gore, r86?
CRY ME A RIVER
|by Anonymous||reply 87||01/11/2013|
r88, you've been F&F. You'll be out of here in no time. Hope you had you fun while it lasted.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||01/11/2013|
I can't tell who is hating here!
Is Gore evil for selling to Al Jazzera, or for making $70M, or what?
It doesn't matter- Gore used his position as former VP to make $250M+ over the last 12 years by selling his soul, and selling out "the little people" in the process.
He's a fucking hack, and I wouldn't believe a word he uttered. May he rot in hell, alongside Bush, Bush2 and Clinton.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||01/11/2013|