05/06/2013 12:56 pm ET

Al Jazeera America Narrows In On News Director


As Al Jazeera America prepares to launch this summer, the network has yet to announce who will actually run the place.

The network was originally slated for a June 2013 launch, but reports surfaced last month that the network had delayed its debut as it searches for top talent and a news director. The Wrap's Sharon Waxman reported on Monday that many high-profile news executives have been approached for the gig.

Former CNN president Jon Klein seemed to be at the top of the short list. Klein left CNN in 2010 amidst declining ratings that the network is continuing to battle years later. Waxman reported that Klein was apparently interested in the Al Jazeera America post.

Waxman also reported that other executives were also considered, one being former NBC News chief Steve Capus, who left the broadcast network in February. Capus' tenure at NBC News has been in the press as of late as multiple reports surfaced about his role in the messy ousting of former "Today" co-host Ann Curry. The other NBC News executive, and also the only women reportedly being considered, was Alexandra Wallace, who oversees NBC's "Nightly News," "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and the "Today" show.

While Al Jazeera America searches for its chief, NBC News has yet to name its new president after Capus left in February. It's possible that Wallace could be under consideration for that job, though the Los Angeles Times reported that NBC News was considering Deborah Turness, the news editor for Britain's ITV Network.

(h/t The Wrap)



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