That was later changed to almost all of the channel's program content being sourced from the United States.In an interview with The New York Times, head of international operations Ehab Al Shihabi said Al Jazeera America's content would on most days primarily concern domestic affairs.On July 22, 2013, Al Jazeera America named former ABC News Vice President Kate O'Brian as president of the network, and Ehab Al Shihabi as interim CEO in charge of business affairs.In addition, former CNN veteran David Doss was named Vice President of News Programming and former CBS News executive Marcy Mc Ginnis was named Vice President of News Gathering.Al Jazeera America (AJAM) was an American basic cable and satellite news television channel owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network. hub, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Miami, and San Francisco (former headquarters of Current TV and current headquarters of online channel AJ ).The channel was launched on August 20, 2013 to compete with CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, and in certain markets, RT America. The channel was the sister channel of Al Jazeera's international English language news channel Al Jazeera English.It was reported that Al Jazeera planned on shutting down Current TV, keeping its production staff and possibly some programs, and using the company's distribution network to broadcast Al Jazeera America.Current TV, by coincidence, was formerly Newsworld International, an international news channel similar to Al Jazeera America run by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The flagship nighttime show was called America Tonight.But the article also pointed to more "deeper-rooted problems." These problems included poor decision making and management on behalf of Al Jazeera higher-ups – specifically CEO Ehab Al Shihabi.The article stated that they lacked a business plan, and made faulty branding choices such as refusing to change the name "Al Jazeera." Stelter and Kludt also suggested that political issues could have played into the channel's demise.On March 27, 2016, CNN correspondents Brian Stelter and Tom Kludt wrote an in-depth analysis of Al Jazeera America's closure.Among the many reasons for the closure cited in the article were low viewership and falling oil prices.