ABC’s O’Brian named Al Jazeera America president

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News executive Kate O’Brian is the new president of Al Jazeera America, the cable news network that plans to launch in the United States next month.

Al Jazeera announced O’Brian’s appointment Monday. She has worked at ABC News for 30 years and since 2007 has overseen the network’s coverage of major news events.

Three other American news veterans have been named senior vice presidents of Al Jazeera America. They are: David Doss, a former producer for CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″; Shannon High-Bassalik, who has worked at CNN and NBC News; and Marcy McGinnis, a former senior news executive at CBS who has been teaching journalism the past few years.

Al Jazeera also said that Ehab Al Shihabi, an executive at the company, is the U.S. network’s interim chief executive officer.

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