Live From Qatar

Al-Jazeera wants to be an international media powerhouse. Step one: broadcast in English

Barry Iverson for TIME

Al-Jazeera broadcasts from its Doha headquarters. Getting on the air in the U.S. will be more difficult.

Nigel Parsons zips through his day like any other top media executive. He has just dispatched his programming director to visit independent production houses in London, and shortly he will hold a personnel meeting with his news director. But in ticking off the specs for his new global headquarters, Parsons illustrates why there is nothing ordinary about his job. "We'll have an open-plan newsroom, and we hope to put in a small gym," he explains as he surveys the building site, a former parking lot in the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar. After a brief pause, he adds, "And the...

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