Al-Jazeera in talks to buy Current TV which features ex-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm

Al-Jazeera may acquire Current TV, not clear if network would keep host Jennifer Granholm

Published On: Jan 30 2013 01:15:16 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 07:50:08 PM EST
Jennifer Granholm
LOS ANGELES -

Arab television network Al-Jazeera is in talks to buy Current TV, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The acquisition, if consummated, could give Al-Jazeera access to a broader range of U.S. television viewers. Although its programming is available in some large metropolitan areas, the network's executives have long been frustrated in their efforts to secure carriage deals with TV distributors.

If the Al-Jazeera job is done, it's not clear if it will keep Current TV hosts Jennifer Granholm, Joy Behar and Eliot Spitzer. Granholm is the former governor of Michigan.

Related: Granholm explains DNC speech

Current TV, founded in 2005 by former vice president Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, is available in 60 million U.S. homes.

News of the deal was earlier reported by The New York Times.

Jennifer Granholm at DNC
Granholm delivering her enthusiastic speech at the Democratic National Convention.