Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced Thursday that a one-hour current affairs magazine program called “America Tonight” will be at the heart of its daily schedule.
Former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy will be America Tonight’s senior executive producer. Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof Putzel will be three of the six national correspondents reporting on the nightly show.
America Tonight, which will air at 9:00 p.m., will present in-depth segments each night on the economy, government, education, healthcare and the environment, and include breaking news. The show will incorporate contributions from six correspondents reporting from around the United States. The program will originate from a new, state-of-the-art studio located at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
America Tonight will draw on the global newsgathering resources of Al Jazeera Media Network’s 12 bureaus in the United States and more than 70 bureaus around the world. The program will feature work by the Al Jazeera America investigative team led by veteran journalist Ed Pound.
It will also cover stories in depth from across America, revealing new insights on the news of the day and breaking stories with its own original reporting. America Tonight will also incorporate social media interaction on screen and off to reflect the views of its American audience.
“America Tonight will be typical of what viewers will see on Al Jazeera America,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive leading the development of the new channel. “We will provide our viewers with more than just headlines and statistics. America Tonight and all other Al Jazeera America programming will explain what the news really means to the daily lives of our viewers.”
Bondy, an award-winning television executive producer, previously was the vice president of morning programming at CNN and the executive producer of that network’s American Morning with Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien.