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Al Jazeera America Launch Delayed: New York Post

Al Jazeera America, the network that announced its plans to launch in June, might be facing multiple delays, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

In addition to searching for office space in New York City, it seems as though the network has not yet hired key staff, including a news chief.

According to The Post, Al Jazeera America reached out to multiple executives, including former NBC News chief Steve Capus, about joining the network, but has yet to make a hire. Reports surfaced that Al Jazeera America was looking for some star talent to bring aboard. Earlier this month, longtime CNN host Ali Velshi announced that he would be joining the network and building a primetime show.

Al Jazeera purchased Current TV in January and announced its plans to launch the New York City-based Al Jazeera America in the cable channel's place. Current TV co-founder Al Gore was harshly criticized for making the sale to a company funded by oil profits.

"You are the poster boy of sounding the alarm of global warming," Jon Stewart told Gore in January. "Here's where the confusion [is] for me ... Can mogul Al Gore, who has Current TV and sells it to Qatar, which is an oil-based economy—can mogul Al Gore coexist with activist Al Gore?"

Gore insisted that Al Jazeera America would be a positive addition to the U.S. media landscape. Either way, viewers will have to wait a bit longer before finding out.

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