Will You Notify Your Cable Station That You Will Cancel Subscription, If They Add Al Jezeera Station...????

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Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY1a.m. EST February 20, 2013

The cable news network is building a new broadcast center in Washington and planning bureaus in eight cities across the USA.

Bob Wheelock oversees the Al Jazeera Washington bureau, which is going through a major expansion as part of the network's new presence in the U.S.(Photo: Paul Singer, USA TODAY)

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  • U.S. operation will be editorially separate from Arab-language network
  • Al Jazeera was viewed with suspicion by the U.S. government after 2001 terror attacks
  • Network is owned by the government of Qatar

Seven years after it arrived in the U.S., Al Jazeera is putting up its sign.

As it launches a major expansion to become a full-fledged cable news channel in the U.S., the Qatar-owned network believes animosity toward its sister Arabic-language news operation has waned. Or at least it has dissipated enough to allow Al Jazeera to splash its name across its new Washington broadcast center, which is currently housed in a dingy, unmarked office building.

"Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real estate for Al Jazeera in Washington. I'm sure it wasn't easy,'' says Bob Wheelock, a former ABC executive now in charge of setting up Al Jazeera America, as the network will be called. But now "we're going to have signage, you know, just like CBS, ABC, CNN, CBN, just like everybody else,'' he says. "We're psyched.''

With the $500 million purchase of Current TV from former vice president Al Gore and other investors last year, Al Jazeera bought a place on cable boxes in 41 million homes. Now the network plans to grow from a news operation of 13 people to 200 people working in cities across the country.

To do so, the network recently posted job listings for more than 100 reporters, producers, videographers and the like. It received 13,000 applications.

Because it is owned by the Qatari government, the network has deep pockets: It also has a name with painful baggage for U.S. viewers, thanks to its corporate sibling, the Arabic-language Al Jazeera network. And its forte, international news, has historically been a tough sell to American viewers.

"We hope to bring international news and more in-depth storytelling for the viewers. Do we think there's an appetite for that? Yes, we do,'' Wheelock says. "There's an appetite for news from elsewhere and for the documentaries we do and the type of coverage we do.''

Wheelock says the channel will have fewer chat shows than do U.S. cable news channels and will continue to have a strong international focus: 60% of its coverage will come from its U.S. and Latin American bureaus and the rest from Al Jazeera's networks overseas. "It's what we've become known for, and we have the assets to do it.''

Al Jazeera English launched in 2006, and until now, viewers could find the network on just a few cable systems or online. Many American Al Jazeera viewers, Wheelock says, have served in the military. "They've all been there. They've been to the places we cover heavily, and they want to know what's going on.''

Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the Al Jazeera Arabic-language network aired videos from Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials accused it of promoting terrorism.

Time has mellowed the hostility somewhat, and Al Jazeera English's coverage of Arab Spring political upheavals brought it an appreciative audience in Washington — including then-secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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  • rocat 2013/02/24 18:35:53
    NO, I Will Not Do Either
    i have never paid for television-

    but if i were...
    i would not cancel-

    a discerning mind...
    need never fear information-
    whether it be true or false-

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  • Michaelene 2013/03/01 14:35:50
    Yes, I Will Notify Them and I will Cancel
    I will write them and cancel. I'm not a fan of my cable company anyway so it's nbd to me.
  • Jerry 2013/03/01 11:11:45
    I have A Different Answer
    ............ " I'd be talking on the phone to an executive for the local cable branch office, demanding that it not be part of existing cable packages that I already subscribe to, I've been with my cable company a long time, threatening to cancel cable is not the answer, They can care less if I continue as a subscriber, but I do believe if Al Jezeera was being considered as an additional cable channel, I believe a nearby television network, might take interest in contacting Them, and advising reporters to sit down and question the top CEO of the cable company " ........ you can get things accomplished, but sometimes in an alternative method......... " ........
  • just some random guy 2013/02/27 23:50:35 (edited)
  • ReconMa... just so... 2013/03/01 00:58:08
  • john richardson 2013/02/26 07:03:48
    Yes, I Will Notify Them and I will Cancel
    john richardson
    We should have canceled when AlGoreism owned it
  • ReconMa... john ri... 2013/02/26 19:06:57
  • Captain-Morgan 2013/02/26 03:28:31
    Yes, I Will Notify Them and I will Cancel
    Yes, but seeing how we get the same BS from MSNBC, ABC, and Most Main Street Media. Wouldn't matter much to half the country...Don't think it would at all.. Half the people in the country are already brain dead...
  • ReconMa... Captain... 2013/02/26 19:08:11
  • Captain... ReconMa... 2013/02/26 21:55:52 (edited)
    With competent people in the White House, we wouldn't need any Messages from that source.. Beside how much from them can we really believe is the truth? In the times to Pre 9/11 and going back even into the Clinton years, we had no competent persons making the right choices on the problems.. They the 'Clintons' treated it as a Police problem, and not as a declaired war by UBL.. They sent the FBI to track down those that attacked us in 1993 the first WTC and other bombings.. Giving Al Jazeera a voice in our Media outlets is just what they want.. In my mind a drone attack to their transmission towers is a more appropriate responce. Or at least jam the transmissions..lol.. Why give those that hate us a voice or platform in our own country.. As for most of our Main Street Media, are leftist and pro Islam.. Don't bet on it's true or balanced.. And Never Sharia Law in this country!

    We have the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.. That's Our Laws, and if those people want to live under Sharia Law, let them move back to Saudi Arabia...http://www.westernjournalism....
  • ReconMa... Captain... 2013/03/01 01:00:11 (edited)
  • Woof 2013/02/26 00:29:13
    Yes, I Will Notify Them and I will Cancel
    If I'm not the lone one!
  • ReconMa... Woof 2013/02/26 19:09:58
  • Woof ReconMa... 2013/02/27 06:01:30
    We should post the advertisers who support them.
  • ReconMa... Woof 2013/03/01 01:04:56
  • Michaelene Woof 2013/03/01 14:37:54
    I'm all in!
  • Woof Michaelene 2013/03/01 19:08:14
    Great! Usually I'll march forward while the group back steps.
  • Michaelene Woof 2013/03/03 15:58:10
    I'm glad I'm not a groupie, lol
    I'm ready to write my letters!
  • Woof Michaelene 2013/03/04 18:32:06
    Lol, your right. Ok, I'll get to it today!
  • Michaelene Woof 2013/03/05 11:05:19
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2013/02/25 23:09:45
    I have A Different Answer
    I'm on the one-and-only fiber-optic network. And I don't expect Al-Jazeera USA to last.
  • ReconMa... Temlako... 2013/02/26 19:12:21
  • Woof Temlako... 2013/03/06 03:36:40
    Lets hope not.
  • kashmirknight 2013/02/25 22:15:40
  • ReconMa... kashmir... 2013/02/26 19:12:52
  • Sotto Voce 2013/02/25 21:00:00
    NO, I Will Not Do Either
    Sotto Voce
    Unless the price changes, I can't imagine why anyone should care.
  • ReconMa... Sotto Voce 2013/02/26 19:13:09
  • David 2013/02/25 20:32:12
    NO, I Will Not Do Either
    Id' rather watch Al Jazeera than MSNBC, CNN or any of the other lame stream tabloid media outlets.
  • ReconMa... David 2013/02/26 19:13:21
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2013/02/25 20:28:26
    NO, I Will Not Do Either
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    Hopefully the cable companies will not capitulate to the demands of the authoritarian freedom hating right wing fascists that want to censor the information we can consume in this great country of ours. Freedom of the press is enshrined in our Bill of Rights.

    bill of rights
  • Unusual... Warren ... 2013/02/25 21:42:37
    Well said.
  • ReconMa... Warren ... 2013/02/26 19:14:52
  • Warren ... ReconMa... 2013/02/26 19:25:25
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    All media are voices of influence and indoctrination. Gaining an outside perspective is valuable, if for no other reason to learn how those we perceive as our "enemies" view us. When people advocate censorship, it only draws attention to the message they want to censor.

    On the other hand, since cable packages are bundled, I can understand that you do not want to support them financially. I think cable companies should allow their consumers to buy each station a la carte.
  • ReconMa... Warren ... 2013/03/01 01:06:24
  • Georgia50 2013/02/25 19:57:31
    Yes, I Will Notify Them and I will Cancel
    Our position is that DirecTV is a luxury we can afford to do without. No way in hell would be pay for it if they add Allah Akbar to their stable of networks.
  • ReconMa... Georgia50 2013/02/26 19:15:29
  • Buzz 2013/02/25 19:29:57
    I have A Different Answer
    "American screams while having his head sawed off. Film at eleven!"
  • ReconMa... Buzz 2013/02/26 19:15:49
  • Raymond 2013/02/25 18:35:28
    I have A Different Answer
    Time Warner Cable (My Cable Company) has already said that they have dropped "Current T.V." The announcement was made after the sale of "Current T.V. was made to Al-Jezeera!
  • ReconMa... Raymond 2013/02/26 19:16:28
  • Raymond ReconMa... 2013/02/27 00:28:21 (edited)
    I agree. I'm glad that Time Warner Cable took the position that they did! I even called them and thanked them for it! They did it right after the deal was announced!
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