Al Jazeera America is live and available to 48 million homes in the US. But how many viewers will tune in? Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and Northwest Public Radio commentator, says viewers who are tired of celebrity news may give Al Jazeera America a try.
In this interview on NPR's Here and Now, Pintak describes Al Jazeera's style: "The tone is more measured, the pieces are longer, the overall tone is calmer." He describes it as "NPR with pictures."
The channel is owned by Al Jazeera Media Network in Doha, Qatar. Al Jazeera America is headquartered in New York with a team of 900 journalists and staff, many of whom are American.