Channel hopes to line up carriage deals in U.S.

Entertainment news journalist Amanda Palmer is joining Al-Jazeera Intl., the soon-to-launch 24-hour English-language newsie headquartered in Doha, Qatar.

Channel is trying to line up cable carriage deals in the U.S. as well as elsewhere around the globe.

Palmer’s career has spanned three continents in news, current affairs and entertainment journalism; she has worked for CNN and AP TV and served as European foreign correspondent for the Seven web in Australia.

Palmer will head the entertainment department at Al-Jazeera Intl., writing and producing entertainment shows, hosting some of them and leading the creative team in covering international entertainment for the network.

“As well as entertainment and culture, our program genres will reflect the most important areas from technology, politics, religion, women’s issues and business news, which will be presented to viewers from Al-Jazeera Intl.’s fresh global perspective,” said Al-Jazeera Intl. program head Paul Gibbs.

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