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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

Al Gore sells Current TV to Al-Jazeera, passed on Glenn Beck offer

Former Vice President Al Gore has made $100 million in the deal, selling the cable channel Current TV to the Emir of Qatar-funded Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.

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Gore netted $100 million with his 20 percent stake in the network when it was sold for a reported $500 million on Wednesday.

Al-Jazeera plans to eliminate the seven-year-old Current TV and turn it into Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now.

More than half of its content will be U.S. news, and the network will have its headquarters in New York, according to a rep.

Glenn Beck’s Blaze Media approached the struggling cable news network last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, but was rebuffed because “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.”

Al-Jazeera has been criticized for having a pro-Islamist bent, and accused of working with members of Al Qaeda. One of its journalists was arrested in Israel in 2011 on suspicion of being an agent of the Palestinian group Hamas. Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.

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