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Al-Jazeera America debuts as newest news network

  • Emmy Award-winning journalist Antonio Mora is seen in an undated photo provided by Al-Jazeera network. Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch on Aug. 20, on Friday, July 26, 2013 announced that Mora will join the channel as host of Consider This, a weeknight current affairs talk show that will showcase hard-hitting interviews and panel discussions on issues important to American viewers. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera network)

NEW YORK — Al-Jazeera America has entered the cable-news fray long dominated by CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.

The Qatar-based news organization launched its U.S. network at 3 p.m. Eastern time with a one-hour preview before settling into a regular schedule. It replaces Al Gore's Current TV in more than 45 million TV homes.

At the same time, the Al-Jazeera English network was suspended. It had been available since 2006 online and in a smattering of cable systems.

Al-Jazeera announced this new American channel in January, claiming an instant foothold with the purchase of Current TV and that network's cable distribution. Al-Jazeera America is also available from satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

Al-Jazeera America is headquartered in New York and vows to provide unbiased, in-depth domestic and global news.

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