It looks very similar, but I have my doubts that it's the same exact set. The video wall is seamless unlike the AJAM one, it has a little more of a curve, and the desk is definitely different.
My money (get it?) is on them either commissioning the same designer or they asked their designer to do a Control+C of the AJAM set, or both.
Ah, AJAM. What a nice, little, yet flawed news channel. I honestly had forgotten about it. I wish I recorded more of it off my cable box as there's very little online video evidence of that channel's existence.
Hmmm maybe. But AJAM may have sold off the tech parts (IE Screens). But it is very similar. The desk could have been easily modified. The end sections lopped off and the ALJ logo removed from the centre. But as you said they could have commissioned the same designer and they pulled a stock set design. It would be cheaper than getting a completely new one designed and created. Plus as AJAM is no longer on air, no one would notice or care if they used the same design.
My guess is that it’s brand new. AJAM has been closed for two years, I bet Al Jazeera wouldn’t want to deal with the pain of storing a very niche set (that no cable network or national would touch as its used and not American enough) and one that they have no purpose for. It’s not like there’s a huge market for set pieces or designers.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.