Al Jazeera opens Detroit Bureau

After acquiring Al Gore’s cable network, Current TV, in January, Qatar-based media network Al Jazeera is expanding with the launch Al Jazeera America later this summer.

Yesterday, the network announced the opening of a dozen bureaus across the country, including one in Detroit.

Veteran newsman Bob Wheelock is the executive director of Al Jazeera America. He tells WDET’s Travis Wright that metro-Detroit’s significant Arab-American population had nothing to do with the decision to place a bureau here.