Al Jazeera America launched Tuesday with the promise of a more serious approach to news reporting aimed at U.S. television viewers. But the 24-hour news network, originally started by the Emir of Qatar in 1996, has some obvious challenges in America.
Among them, major cable provider Time Warner refuses to carry it, and Americans might be skeptical about a news organization that once broadcast messages from Osama bin Laden.
"So far it seems like there were definitely less 'talking heads'," said Sarah Abdurrahman, a producer at WNYC's On The Media. "In the premier news hour less time was spent in studio than out in the field with reported pieces, reported packages that you normally see on the nightly news of ABC, NBC, the like -- not typically on the 24-hour networks."
Click on the audio link above to hear Abdurrahman's conversation on Morning Edition with host Richard Hake.
And be sure to listen to On The Media's in-depth look at Al Jazeera America's launch here.