Four months after it was announced that Soledad O’Brien would have her CNN weekday morning show canceled, news comes that she’ll be saddling up with the budding Al Jazeera America.
From a release sent out Monday morning:
“O’Brien’s career producing and reporting on the human side of many of the most important stories of the past decade will fit in perfectly with what Al Jazeera America will be covering every day,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera’s international operations and the senior executive developing the new channel. “Her dedication to that type of journalism is what makes it so exciting to announce that she and her production company are joining the Al Jazeera America team.”
When her CNN program was canceled, O’Brien said she would start her own media production company Starfish Media Group which would contribute non-exclusive content to CNN.
She’s joining Al Jazeera America as a “special correspondent,” where she will appear on the primetime current affairs magazine program America Tonight.
“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” O’Brien said in the release.
Al Jazeera America launches in August.