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SBD Global/June 10, 2013/Media

Al Jazeera Closes London Office, Moves Sports Programming To Global HQ In Doha

Al Jazeera has "made the surprise decision to close their operation in London," from where their English language football content -- including the Champions League and FA Cup -- is broadcast, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Instead, all the London sports programming "will come from Al Jazeera’s global HQ in Doha," meaning the likes of Gary Lineker, who presents its Champions League coverage, "would have to travel to Qatar to continue hosting the show." That is "not going to happen with Lineker working for NBC as well as the BBC next season." However, there "is a possibility" of Richard Keys and Andy Gray basing themselves in Doha were Al Jazeera to show the Premier League (DAILY MAIL, 6/7).
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