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In a statement, O’Brien said she looked forward to “beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories.”
Soledad will be a correspondent for Al Jazeera’s show “America Tonight” and also produce documentaries for the network.
Al Jazeera America has hired hundreds of people as it prepares to launch Al Jazeera America in early fall. According to Reuters, the Qatar based network, which has its American headquarters in New York, has already hired about 600 new employees. Also, as part of its American investment, Al Jazeera bought Al Gore’s Current TV earlier this year so that it could compete with American news networks.
In Soledad O’Brien’s heartfelt goodbye to the viewers of Starting Point, she reminded them that “facts matter”, saying that if she’s “learned anything over the past year it’s that facts matter and we shouldn’t be afraid to have tough and honest conversations and maybe even argue a little bit when there’s a lot at stake.”
The sort of content she will be producing for Al Jazeera will hopefully provide her the freedom to produce the content she wasn’t allowed to produce at CNN.
During an interview with Mediaite shortly after announcing that she would no longer be anchoring her morning program, O’Brien admitted that leadership problems hampered her CNN show’s performance.
“You really cannot successfully do a show when nobody really agrees what the show is.” O’Brien said.