04/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

American Anchor Quits Al Jazeera, Citing Too Much Control From Qatar

Dave Marash, the most prominent American anchor on Al Jazeera English, has quit the 24-hour news channel, citing an increased amount of editorial control exercised by the channel's headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

"To put it bluntly, the channel that's on now -- while excellent, and I plan to be a lifetime viewer -- is not the channel that I signed up to do," Mr. Marash, a former "Nightline" correspondent, said in his first interview since his departure was reported by The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday.

Not that most Americans would notice: although Al Jazeera English is available to everyone on YouTube, so far it has been unable to secure cable distribution in the United States.

He called his time at Al Jazeera English "very, very satisfying," but said that the editorial direction had shifted during his time there.

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