Al Jazeera America Adds Detroit Bureau

Channel Says It's Still on Track for Launch Later This Year

Al Jazeera America said Thursday that it will open a Detroit bureau as part of the launch of the channel, still slated for later this year.

That comes after the New York-based channel reported earlier this week that it will be opening a bureau in Chicago. It currently plans to staff 12 bureaus across the country. It has said the new channel will need more than 700 employees.

High-profile hires to date include Ali Velshi from CNN and Andrea Stone (The Huffington Post/USA Today) and Tony Karon as senior online executive producers, and veteran newspaperman Ed Pount to lead its investigative team.

The channel also offering internships for journalism students from the Detroit and Chicago areas at its headquarters, where they will help create on-air and online content.

Al Jazeera bought Current TV earlier this year and is re-launching it as a 24-hour news channel.