Former CNN Host Soledad O’Brien Resurfaces As Special Correspondent For Al Jazeera America

Soledad O’Brien is officially moving to Al Jazeera America. A few days after rumors started swirling that the former CNN host would move over to Al Jazeera’s new U.S.-based cable network, the company announced that the two parties have come to an agreement. O’Brien will contribute short-form segments for Al Jazeera America’s primetime current affairs magazine program “America Tonight” as well as hour-long specials through her production company Starfish Media Group.

In a press release, O’Brien said:

“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories. I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism.”

CNN head Jeff Zucker replaced the O’Brien-hosted morning show Starting Point with New Day, prompting speculation that she would permanently move to another network. Another former CNN host, Ali Velshi, recently announced he was moving to Al Jazeera America as well, to host a nightly prime time business program.

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