Soledad O’Brien: Lands Second Job Following CNN
It appears as though one gig wasn’t enough for former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.
AlwaysAList.com reported on June 12 that the former host of CNN’s “Starting Point” had inked an overall content development deal with HBO and also would join the network’s sports news magazine show, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Now, it is confirmed that the 46-year-old media personality signed a contract with Al Jazeera America to contribute to the network as “special correspondent.”
O’Brien’s production company, Starfish Media Group will produce hour-long documentary specials for the cable network.
“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 a statement.
As a correspondent, O’Brien will contribute short-form segments to the primetime current affairs magazine series, “America Tonight” on the new network, which is funded by the government of Qatar.
O’Brien, who left CNN in April, is the second person from the Turner-owned news network to join Al Jazeera America. Former CNN business correspondent Ali Velshi signed with Al Jazeera in April.
Al Jazeera paid $500 million to buy Al Gore’s Current TV network in January. The rebranded Al Jazeera America has been terminated by Time Warner Cable, who said they are keeping an open mind about the network’s plans.
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