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Al Jazeera America (AJAM) Prepares To Launch


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#26 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:47 PM

That is a really nice basement. :)

They have a several full video walls to sit and stand in front of. The bigger ones are probably 10 ft tall. They have modern glass top and accent lit furniture with enough space around it that they can do flying shots from across the room. There are other locations in the studios where the newscaster can stand by a rail in front of a large monitor.

The "basement" is on par with the high end TV station news studios.

Perhaps the SD quality is making it look worse than it is?
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:48 PM

...It's like they're shooting it in this woman's basement...

Doesn't it look better than your AM radio?


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:26 PM

Not the show I was watching. No monitors anywhere. Looked like it was streaming from a prison.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:26 PM

Yeah... I know I'm becoming an HD prude!

 

To be fair... I was having the discussion with my father earlier today while talking about this channel... and I was telling him about how I kind of tune out cable and network news until there is something major happening.  Something like the Boston bombing, for example, will cause me to tune in to a news channel for a longer look... but I have been so disappointed with the day-to-day stuff that passes for news on most news channels, and I don't feel as badly about being an HD prude.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:40 PM

Not the show I was watching. No monitors anywhere. Looked like it was streaming from a prison.


Well they did do a feature story on a prison ... but the studio is good. Some of the via satellite guests sit in front of their fake city walls or other backgrounds but that is routine for cable news.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:48 AM

I was watching The Stream. It's very funky and claustrophobic since it's about online feedback and such. I guess some of the other shows use a real studio.

 

I do like that this news service will be coming from a point-of-view other than the typical American/Zionist/ADL talking points on matters pertaining to Palestinians. That will be soooo refreshing. Americans will be shocked to hear that there even IS another side to these issues.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:05 AM

The newscast on right now (3am ET) is from Al Jazeera English. Based on the upcoming schedule it looks like the Al Jazeera English content is just limited to this hour unless they surprise us at 6am and give us the Newshour, but I doubt that will last since they plan on launching their own morning show in the near future.

Edit: Newshour is airing at 6am. Looks like for the time being overnight and mornings will carry newscasts from Al Jazeera English.

Edited by KyL416, 21 August 2013 - 04:05 AM.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:24 AM

The newscast on right now (3am ET) is from Al Jazeera English. Based on the upcoming schedule it looks like the Al Jazeera English content is just limited to this hour unless they surprise us at 6am and give us the Newshour, but I doubt that will last since they plan on launching their own morning show in the near future.

In what countries and through what means is Al Jazerra English accessible? 



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:14 AM

So they're not going to broadcast in HD?? With their gazillions from some oil sheik? Nobody's going to watch straight news in SD.

 

"The Newsroom" is a typical Sorkin liberal wet dream fantasy that a major news net in America could actually be run under the aegis of true journalistic integrity. So of course people watch. Same reason they wanted to watch "The West Wing", another Sorkin lib fantasy about the way things SHOULD be, but never are. People like fantasies. But they don't like straight news, and especially Americans don't give a rat's behind for "World News". Americans could care less about what's going on outside their borders. Another strike against Al Jazeera in that they will be featuring a lot of global news coverage.

 

The Al Jazeera hires, Soledad O'Brien and Joie Chen are network discards who bring nothing to the table except flop sweat. Weak.

Wow what a closed-minded post... Way to speak for everybody, all 300+ million people, thanks.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:35 AM

Yeah... I know I'm becoming an HD prude!

 

To be fair... I was having the discussion with my father earlier today while talking about this channel... and I was telling him about how I kind of tune out cable and network news until there is something major happening.  Something like the Boston bombing, for example, will cause me to tune in to a news channel for a longer look... but I have been so disappointed with the day-to-day stuff that passes for news on most news channels, and I don't feel as badly about being an HD prude.

 

I think a correction and some clarification is needed here:

 

-- HD prude: a person (of either sex) who will not walk or sit naked in front of an HD display.

-- HD snob: a person (of either sex) who refuses to watch SD content, but will only watch programming of 720p resolution or higher.

 

Going forward, kindly use the correct term to accurately describe your personal viewing prejudices.

 

Thank you.

 

(Full disclosure: yours truly is definitely a confirmed HD snob.)


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

I think a correction and some clarification is needed here:

 

-- HD prude: a person (of either sex) who will not walk or sit naked in front of an HD display.

-- HD snob: a person (of either sex) who refuses to watch SD content, but will only watch programming of 720p resolution or higher.

 

Going forward, kindly use the correct term to accurately describe your personal viewing prejudices.

 

Thank you.

 

(Full disclosure: yours truly is definitely a confirmed HD snob.)

I'm a "-- HD snob: a person (of either sex) who refuses to watch SD content, but will only watch programming of 720p resolution or higher." And I will watch it naked at times  :righton: 


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:30 PM

Naah...  I'm a prude and a snob.  I watch primarily HD, and I don't walk around nude in front of it.  FYI, the world thanks me for that too! :)


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:38 PM


The "basement" is on par with the high end TV station news studios.

Perhaps the SD quality is making it look worse than it is?

 

 

During the hour that I watched, the audio from that studio had an echo like quality to it.  Perhaps they need more egg cartons on the walls. :)


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:33 AM

Wow what a closed-minded post... Way to speak for everybody, all 300+ million people, thanks.

You're welcome. Read the stats on what's failed, failing and winning on network and cable news. America has already spoken for itself, thank you very much.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:45 AM

During the hour that I watched, the audio from that studio had an echo like quality to it.  Perhaps they need more egg cartons on the walls. :)

Yeah, like the late, inexpensive Current TV shows, some of the segments/shows on AJAM use lav mikes on lapels that produce a kind of cheap, overly present sound. But the tight proximity helps make up for the fact that the studio is not properly audio sweetened. Cut to, say, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. No lav mike, they use a sophisticated directional overhead boom, same as what feature films use. Also Conan, Leno etc. This requires the studio be carefully tweaked for ideal audio deadness and lack of reverberance sometimes called "room tone". Most of the quality network anchors/hosts use directional overhead boom mikes and tweaked rooms. It's the best sound by far, and the one we most associated with "class" anchors and hosts...and feature films. It's the most natural to the way we normally hear people talking in a room.

 

Now if you're hearing "echo" or an unpleasant ambience sometimes called "room tone", that most likely is caused by an off-axis mike not proximate enough to the source. You hear that a lot in indie films when the sound guy is not that competent.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:52 AM

Al Jazerra English, which is the version that was being broadcast for free until it went off the air last week, was carrying features that American cable networks were not carrying, and their on site coverage of coups was second to none.  Anyone who desires to watch such programming will watch it on Al Jazerra America if it continues to be covered and presented the same way.  A person who samples Al Jazerra America is not going to switch back to Nancy Grace just because her show has better quality cameras or studio mikes.

 

CNN dropped Headline News half hour reports back around 2006 because it was drawing about 200,000 viewers.  It immediately doubled that with its tabloid shows, and can triple or quadruple that any time an attractive young white female is wronged.  Anyone who might want to learn of the weather forecast within the next half hour can access it immediately through other means.  Similarly, ESPN and CNN dropped their 11:00 PM sports shows long ago because the viewers who wanted that information could get it earlier than 11:00 PM, and Nightline only dragged on as long as it did because of Ted Koppel and because ABC then clung to that half hour as long and hard as it could, but Nightline really became a superfluous and inconvenient place for news junkies to see important issues discussed at length when those same issues had already been expounded upon dispassionately by the PBS New Hour and then politicized by the cable news prime time shows.

 

In my opinion, Al Jazerra shouldn't be looking for someone more famous than Soledad OBrien.  It should be looking for someone less famous.  But that is why I am installing satellite reception antennas for a living instead of making television network hiring decisions.  The people I'd hire would be ratings busts.  Russia Today has given Larry King his old prime time interview slot back, and the interviews of his that I've seen had no news or Russian angle to them.  They were just whatever Russia Today determined would draw the largest audience.  I remember when the History Channel ran Dirty Harry.  It must have been part of an anthology series on the American cinema's portrayal of "blowing away punk".  I think they showed WWF or WWE fake wrestling a few months after that.  I hope Al Jazerra America holds true to its mission of showing world news from a non-USA perspective, but at least in the short run, it has to first secure its place in cable "Basic" and "Expanded Basic" tiers, which it can most effectively do by looking and sounding like all the other successful channels.  Unfortunately, once they have accomplished that, I don't think they will ever be able to go back.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:54 PM

Please keep politics out of this thread - or you too may see your posts disappear.
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:03 PM

A person who samples Al Jazerra America is not going to switch back to Nancy Grace just because her show has better quality cameras or studio mikes.


True. The random channel scanning viewer may skip over the channel because it is not in HD, or because some opinion about the set design, or because of some opinion about the channel's "hidden motivation" - but they will earn their viewers the same way any other channel does. By giving their viewers the perspective that they are looking for.



Similarly, ESPN and CNN dropped their 11:00 PM sports shows long ago because the viewers who wanted that information could get it earlier than 11:00 PM, ...

And yet one of Fox Sports 1's anchor shows is an 11:00pm sports show. :)
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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:08 PM

ESPN has Keith Olberman

 

  Similarly, ESPN and CNN dropped their 11:00 PM sports shows long ago because the viewers who wanted that information could get it earlier than 11:00 PM,

 

BUT, ESPN just rehired Keith Olbermann back and his show is as good as it was in the mid 2000's.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:13 AM

ABC News reported last night and again this morning that George Zimmerman was ticketed for driving 60 miles per hour on a roadway that has a 45 MPH speed limit.  Al Jazerra missed that story.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:18 AM

A news channel can't pick up everything. And really, how many people care?

 

As for the production value, in the early days of MSNBC, before they went all news/talking head, I remember various issues. Three days after launch was TWA 800 and Brian Williams almost lost it trying to get a computer and a failure of their call screener. I'm sure AJA will improve.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:50 AM

I believe that was his point - that ABC covered a ZImmerman speeding ticket TWICE and AJA (properly, IMO) saw it as not being worthy of nationwide news coverage.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:57 AM

I believe that was his point -....

High School girl, on way to graduation, makes sarcastic remark, which her obtuse boyfriend takes literally.

 

High School girl, miffed, says, "I was beng ironic"

 

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:38 PM

:thats: Well said, George!


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:32 PM

It was the only funny line in the eight episodes that were aired before the show was canceled.


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