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John Seigenthaler Jr. joins Al-Jazeera America as nightly news anchor

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By Joey Garrison | The Tennessean

John Seigenthaler Jr., who began his career in media at a Nashville TV station before moving to NBC, has joined the new Al-Jazeera America network as a prime-time news anchor.

Seigenthaler, son of Tennessean Publisher Emeritus John Seigenthaler, will anchor the network's nightly prime-time show to be broadcast from Al-Jazeera's New York studio, the network announced Thursday.

"I'm proud to join a respected worldwide news organization that is committed to delivering high-quality, objective and balanced investigative journalism," Seigenthaler said in a prepared statement.

"While other networks and newspapers are cutting back, Al-Jazeera is growing."

He joins the likes of former CNN host Soledad O'Brien as pioneers of Al-Jazeera's new American network, set to launch Aug. 20, an expansion that follows the Qatar-based company's recent $500 million purchase of former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV.

The network will have bureaus in a dozen U.S. cities, including one in Nashville, which former WSMV-TV weekend anchor Jonathan Martin is leading.

Seigenthaler spent 11 years at NBC. Before then, he worked as a reporter at what is today Nashville's WKRN-TV and later WSMV-TV. Since 2008, he has been the CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations in New York.

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