According to the New York Times, the Arab television channel, Al Jazeera, is poised to buy the cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Current TV.
In the Times, Brian Stelter reports:
If the deal is completed, 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.
Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. The channel may be called Al Jazeera America. Roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States, while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.
So the question to our readers is: How might the merger of Al Jazeera and Current TV affect their combined coverage of public affairs?