NEW YORK – (August 2, 2013) – Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel launching on Aug. 20, today announced that Joie Chen, the host of their daily prime time current affairs magazine program America Tonight, will join Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien as a guest on the Google+ Hangout scheduled for Monday, Aug. 5 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Chen and O’Brien will talk about the program and discuss upcoming stories during the hour-long Hangout hosted by Azmat Khan, America Tonight’s digital producer.
“Through the Google+ Hangout, Al Jazeera America is creating an open forum that allows people to directly participate in the development of America Tonight,” said O’Brien. “I am excited to participate in one of the first Hangouts and hear from the audience about issues they care about.”
Chen, O’Brien and correspondent Christof Putzel will connect with the online audience in a conversation about the direction of news and what America Tonight will offer its viewers. The Hangout will also invite participants to suggest topics for future stories and share personal insight on current issues.
“America Tonight is committed to telling important and diverse stories, and to tell them with the quality, depth and time they deserve,” said Khan. “The Hangout is an opportunity for our online audience to help us find those stories, connect with our team and lead a more robust conversation about how a nightly news program can and should serve its viewers,” she added.
Online attendees can join the conversation by registering online before the Hangout begins on Monday, Aug. 5 at 5:00 p.m. EST/2:00 p.m. PST. Viewers can also tweet @AJAM using #AJAMLive and follow the conversation on Twitter.
See more press releases from Al Jazeera America here.