Accuracy in Media

kate obrien al jazeera america

Making her first appearance at the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference in California, Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian told the assembled critics that despite the challenges, the network is on track to achieving its goals.

“We are trending in the right direction,” O’Brian said, adding that the network will “get there” in the U.S. “in time.”

Exactly how much time, though, is a big question, given the network’s struggles to date.

Since the Qatari government bought Current TV from Al Gore for $500 million in 2013, the network has spent hundreds of millions more to establish a dozen news bureaus in the U.S., and except for a few Peabody awards, it has little to show for its money.

Ratings have plunged to less than half of what they were on Current TV—which were so bad they weren’t even recorded by Nielsen.

Then there is the dearth of national advertising. That is due in part to concern over Al Jazeera’s content, but largely it is a result of the fact that virtually no one is watching the network.

Even though O’Brian said that Al Jazeera has supportive, corporate parents, and that the network was here for the “long run,” the Qatari government probably has an upper limit in mind on how much it wants to spend on this venture.

The clock is ticking.

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  • Richard Hellstrom

    Maybe we could call it the public racketeering information distribution center to motivate the un educated to use arms through vast waves of programing for Ali – lol – The American’s have gotten more of these people to kill each other than any other group of people in the world – A 10 thousand dollar media blitz in the Middle East is probably the most productive way in the world for a defense contractor or politician to make money ! It’s a controlled environment –
    In April 2014the secretary of state said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders were fuming over the comparison.The lawmaker with the most money invested in companies with DoD contracts is Sen. John Kerry. US Senators’ average annual stock performance beat the market average by approximately 12.3%, while stock purchases made by corporate insiders on average outperform the market by 7.4% and stock portfolios of the average US household underperform the market by 1.5%. In 2006 , 151 congressmen had up to 195.5 million dollars invested in companies who received defense contracts that were greater than 5 million dollars. In 2006 these companies benefited in the amount greater than 276.5 billion dollars from the government.