Al Jazeera America continues its string of big, splashy hires. The latest addition is former ‘NBC nightly News” weekend anchor John Seigenthaler, who will serve as the primetime news anchor.
Seiganthaler was an 11-year veteran of NBC News, reporting for all of its major programs and anchoring on NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. He reported on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 London bombings and a slew of other stories for the company during those years.
He left NBC in not-so-positive terms in 2007, and became CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations-NY.
“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 statement. “While other networks and newspapers are cutting back, Aljazeera is growing. It’s exciting to be part of the launch of this unique cable news channel.”