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Al Jazeera America Confirms Soledad O達rien Deal

By LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

Al Jazeera America confirmed this morning it had signed a deal with former CNN star Soledad O達rien to contribute to the network as 都pecial correspondent. O達rien痴 production company, Starfish Media Group will produce hourlong documentary specials for the cable network. 的 look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories, O達rien said in the announcement, confirming speculation that started last week. As a correspondent, O達rien will contribute short-form segments to the primetime current affairs mag America Tonight on the new network, which is funded by the government of Qatar.

O達rien stepped down from CNN in March when network chief Jeff Zucker scrubbed her program Starting Point; he gave the time slot to Chris Cuomo痴 New Day. At the time she left CNN, she formed Starfish Media, which, in addition to the production deal with Al Jazeera America, now also has a production deal with CNN, and development deals at HBO and National Geographic Channel.

America Tonight痴 senior exec producer Kim Bondy is another CNN alum. In this morning痴 announcement, Bondy said she壇 worked with O達rien since 1997, 都o I know she cares deeply about covering the human side of a story based solely on the facts, Bondy said, adding that the newsmag 努ill go beyond statistics and headlines to provide an in-depth, unbiased look at the events of the day and how they affect our viewers. Al Jazeera Media Network exec director of international operations, Ehab Al Shihabi used similar language in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, saying the new network would be unbiased and feature less political grandstanding and celebrity coverage than existing cable news network. Al Jazeera America has been lining up relationships witeh names known to U.S. news viewers in an effort to quell what Al Shihabi, in that LAT interview, called 殿 bucket of resistance to the channel. In addition to O達rien, the list includes CNN痴 Ali Velshi and NBC痴 Mike Viqueira.


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