The onetime CNN anchor, who joined Al Jazeera America before it launched in 2013, will lead the half-hour program”Ali Velshi on Target,” a half-hour program focused on political and economic issues. Velshi had been hosting “Real Money,” a show centered on business and financial news.
The new program is slated to debuts May 11 and will air weeknights on Al Jazeera America at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The network, which recently unveiled a massive restructuring of its programming schedule, said “Ali Velshi on Target” will include segments focused on themes such as the implications of the global economic situation for America; America’s crumbling infrastructure; gaps in wealth, race and gender; and the influence of special interest groups in politics and the economy.
In January, the Qatar-backed cable outlet said it would rely less on hourlong specialty programs in favor of live newscasts. The network has long harbored grand ambitions of developing into a broadly watched alternative to what it believe is cable-news fare focused on less serious coverage, but it has faced challenges in securing an audience on par with its rivals.