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Al Jazeera inherits Current TV's distribution woes

A man rides a skateboard in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A man rides a skateboard in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that...more

A man rides a skateboard in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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A commuter train stops in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A commuter train stops in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that...more

A commuter train stops in front of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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A journalist captures video of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A journalist captures video of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will...more

A journalist captures video of Current TV in San Francisco, California January 3, 2013. English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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The logo of Al Jazeera Media Network is seen at the MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, event in Cannes in this April 2, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files

The logo of Al Jazeera Media Network is seen at the MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, event in Cannes in this April 2, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded...more

The logo of Al Jazeera Media Network is seen at the MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, event in Cannes in this April 2, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
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Employees of the English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera work in the control room in Doha in this February 7, 2011 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Assaad/Files

Employees of the English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera work in the control room in Doha in this February 7, 2011 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and...more

Employees of the English-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera work in the control room in Doha in this February 7, 2011 file photo. Al Jazeera said on January 3, 2013 it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Assaad/Files
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Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said January 3, 2013, it will buy the struggling cable channel in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file...more

Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said January 3, 2013, it will buy the struggling cable channel in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said January 3, 2013, it will buy the struggling cable channel in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file...more

Former U.S. Vice President and Current TV Chairman and co-founder Al Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California in this January 13, 2012 file photo. Al Jazeera said January 3, 2013, it will buy the struggling cable channel in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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