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Foreign-owned television network Al Jazeera launches Detroit bureau

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On August 20th, the TV network known as Current became Al Jazeera America. The network, owned by the government of Qatar, bought Current for about half a billion dollars. One of the Al Jazeera America domestic news bureaus is in Detroit, which has been placed in the hands of former WDIV-TV reporter Bisi Onile-Ere.


Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with her about the challenge of launching a news bureau for a foreign-owned television network in the Motor City. She says Detroit’s bankruptcy and the mayor’s race will not be the only stories she’ll cover.


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