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Justin396 posts since 9 Oct 2014
BBC World News
Steff was there from the very beginning, if I recall correctly.

Only Kamahl, Darren Jordon and Sohail Rahman remain from Day One, I think.

Although Sami Zeidan and Hazem Sika have come and gone and come back onto screen over the years.


In the very first hour, in fact. (56.50)

New Zealand isn't that far away!
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Inspector Sands13,835 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Steff was there from the very beginning, if I recall correctly.
Only Kamahl, Darren Jordon and Sohail Rahman remain from Day One, I think.

Although Sami Zeidan and Hazem Sika have come and gone and come back onto screen over the years.


The London based presenters Felicity Barr, Maryam Nemazee, Barbara Serra, Lauren Taylor, Richard Gizbert have all been there since day 1 too, as has Jane Dutton. There's quite a few reporters who have stayed the course too
JamesWorldNews8,164 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
Steff was there from the very beginning, if I recall correctly.
Only Kamahl, Darren Jordon and Sohail Rahman remain from Day One, I think.

Although Sami Zeidan and Hazem Sika have come and gone and come back onto screen over the years.


The London based presenters Felicity Barr, Maryam Nemazee, Barbara Serra, Lauren Taylor, Richard Gizbert have all been there since day 1 too, as has Jane Dutton. There's quite a few reporters who have stayed the course too


Sorry, Inspector. You're quite right, however I was actually referring to the Doha-based team which, admittedly, I didn't make clear in my post.

Jane Dutton has also left Al Jazeera, though. Last year, if I'm not mistaken.
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Charles581 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News
Maryam Nemazee left for a while to work at Bloomberg I believe before coming back. I also believe that is right that the other London presenters on that list have been there since the beginning.

A lot of the correspondents have been there since the beginning: Hoda Abdel Hamid, Step Vaessen, Haru Mutasa, Zeina Khodr, and many have been since there since 2007/2008.

A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.
Inspector Sands13,835 posts since 25 Aug 2004

A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.

A lot of AJE staff went to TRT when it launched its international channel. Not only is it very similar type of channel to AJE, as I understand it their setup was essentially a copy of how AJE was at launch with the 4 centres. So recruitment wise it was a perfect fit to transfer over, particularly for those who wanted to progress if there weren't any promotion opportunities at AJ.


AJE had problems and a lot of staff turmoil at the start, and the London office has had some disputes. But I don't think AJE has a particular problem with staff retention but it is different and that's because of it's location. I know people who have gone to work for them and other middle eastern broadcasters who intended to just do a few heads, it's tax free and cheap to live so they can save up some cash and get some sun (I know the benefits given to AJE staff relocating to Doha at launch were very good). It's not for everyone though so some might not last that long, however if you've gone to the trouble of relocating that far people tend to make more of an effort to stay the course.

In the case of TRT I imagine the opportunity to do essentially the same job in Istanbul rather than Doha was a big attraction.
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JamesWorldNews8,164 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
Adrian Finighan had the honours of presenting the last ever news bulletin from Al Jazeera’s main studio in Doha, Studio 11.

The operation has now moved to a temporary studio (within the same complex) to allow Studio 11 to undergo refurbishment ahead of the relaunch of Al Jazeera English.
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JRY107 posts since 16 Feb 2016
About time too - this relaunch has obviously been pushed back and back, so it's great to hear they're finally getting round to it! I imagine we'll see a London/Al Jazeera Arabic inspired studio and newsroom when it goes on-air. Hopefully we see a relaunch of the music/idents and lower thirds too.

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Interesting that Kamahl Santamria mentioned that they're using Studio 14 (previously used for Inside Story and Newsgrid) for the next 8 weeks, but the new studio and newsroom won't be ready until the New Year.
JamesWorldNews8,164 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
The following studio operations are confirmed for the next 2-3 months approximately:

Studio 11: decommissioned, and being refurbished for early 2020. Newsroom is being improved... carpets, desks, etc. New studio will have a new desk and newswall, plus new graphics package.

Studio 14: Being used temporarily (started yesterday). Will still be used for Inside Story, Counting the Cost, and Planet SOS.

Studio 12: this studio has been out of commission for a while. Formerly used for Inside Story and Counting the Cost a few years ago. It's being turned into a virtual studio... similar to ITV News and BBC News’ Studio A, where only the desk is real (in fact, it's the one from Studio 11) but everything else is virtual. It will LOOK like Studio 11.

This will be used until the real Studio 11 is done, with Studio 14 as a backup.

Although there will we new graphics and visual packages, I’m not sure if the AJE music will be updated or refreshed. I quite like the music as it is, to be honest.
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globaltraffic24455 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.

A lot of AJE staff went to TRT when it launched its international channel. Not only is it very similar type of channel to AJE, as I understand it their setup was essentially a copy of how AJE was at launch with the 4 centres. So recruitment wise it was a perfect fit to transfer over, particularly for those who wanted to progress if there weren't any promotion opportunities at AJ.


AJE had problems and a lot of staff turmoil at the start, and the London office has had some disputes. But I don't think AJE has a particular problem with staff retention but it is different and that's because of it's location. I know people who have gone to work for them and other middle eastern broadcasters who intended to just do a few heads, it's tax free and cheap to live so they can save up some cash and get some sun (I know the benefits given to AJE staff relocating to Doha at launch were very good). It's not for everyone though so some might not last that long, however if you've gone to the trouble of relocating that far people tend to make more of an effort to stay the course.

In the case of TRT I imagine the opportunity to do essentially the same job in Istanbul rather than Doha was a big attraction.


I’m not sure what the current set up is at TRT but at launch they brought in an independent production company to help them get the channel looking professional and on air quickly. The company is led by a number of former execs from channels including Sky News and CNN, which probably helped when they were trying to lure some high profile faces across. The factor about Doha is also a big pull. A lot of TRT output comes from London, so I guess the AJE guys who had struggled to get a transfer over the years decided to bite the bullet. It’s like anywhere. Your situation dictates these moves rather than management issues. And for what it’s worth, I’ve heard Doha is an incredibly boring place to live! Most people assume it’ll be like a mini Dubai, but it’s far from it.
Joe6,547 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today


Studio 14: Being used temporarily (started yesterday). Will still be used for Inside Story, Counting the Cost, and Planet SOS.

Studio 12: this studio has been out of commission for a while. Formerly used for Inside Story and Counting the Cost a few years ago. It's being turned into a virtual studio... similar to ITV News and BBC News’ Studio A, where only the desk is real (in fact, it's the one from Studio 11) but everything else is virtual. It will LOOK like Studio 11.

This will be used until the real Studio 11 is done, with Studio 14 as a backup.

Although there will we new graphics and visual packages, I’m not sure if the AJE music will be updated or refreshed. I quite like the music as it is, to be honest.


Am I understanding correctly that the new look will be premiered, then, as a ‘temporary’ virtual studio first? That’s fairly unusual isn’t it – usually it’s a temporary studio with the OLD look, not the new one. Of course, I’m quite possibly reading this wrong – in which case, apologies.