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A news photographer films the logo of the new Al Jazeera America nightly news program America Tonight in the network's studio space in Washington, DC. Al Jazeera America, a cable news network set to launch on August 20, will have 12 bureaus in major cities in the US, three broadcast centers, a headquarters in New York City, and around 900 journalists and staff.
A news photographer films the logo of the new Al Jazeera America nightly news program America Tonight in the network's studio space in Washington, DC. Al Jazeera America, a cable news network set to launch on August 20, will have 12 bureaus in major cities in the US, three broadcast centers, a headquarters in New York City, and around 900 journalists and staff.
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Al Jazeera America is now live on TV sets around the country. Just this hour, the TV news network launched its first national broadcast in the U.S.

The Qatar-based company struggled for years bringing its service to a wide audience in America, but when it purchased the network Current TV in January, that gave Al Jazeera the opening it needed.

Joining us now is Kim Bondy, senior executive producer of, "America Tonight,"  Al Jazeera America's flagship show, which airs at 6 p.m. here in L.A.