New United States news channel Al-Jazeera America will launch on Aug. 20, and Chattanooga residents will have access to the content.
Al-Jazeera America will have 12 bureaus across the United States, including one in Nashville.
Former NBC news anchor John Seigenthaler will be a prime-time anchor for Al-Jazeera America.
Seigenthaler has been in journalism for 30 years and worked as an anchor at Nashville's WSMV-TV.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Al-Jazeera paid $500 million to buy Current TV, a news-talk network co-founded by Al Gore.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that about 48 million people will be able to watch Al-Jazeera America. That's less than half of the country's 103 million television subscribers, according to the publication.
With the purchase of Current TV, Al-Jazeera acquired the channel's existing distribution deals, also according to the Los Angeles Times.
Locally, EPB and Comcast customers will be able to watch Al-Jazeera America if they have the package that includes the channel.
For EPB, it's Channel 149, and it's Channel 107 for Comcast, officials said.
"We carry Current TV and any market where we carry Current TV—because Current is becoming Al-Jazeera America—we are abiding by the affiliate agreement," Jim Weigert, local vice president and general manager of Comcast, said.
EPB spokesman John Pless said the same is true for EPB, but AT&T officials had no information to share on the issue.
The other cities with Al-Jazeera America bureaus are Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
“It is critical for Al-Jazeera America to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the U.S. so that we can cover the news from wherever it happens,” Marcy McGinnis, Al-Jazeera America’s senior vice president, newsgathering, said in a prepared statement.
McGinnis said that reporters in bureaus will cover a wide range of local, state and regional stories within the context of what it means to the rest of the country.
"The extraordinary team of correspondents, producers and crews we have assembled has the experience to find and report stories that will resonate with our national audience," McGinnis said.
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