Al Jazeera Media Network will launch a new all-news channel in the United States, called Al Jazeera America, following its purchase of specialty channel Current TV. “The new channel will be headquartered in New York City. In addition to the existing Al Jazeera news bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago, Al Jazeera will open additional bureaus in key locations across the United States,” the company said in a release Jan. 2. “Al Jazeera’s expansion will double the network’s U.S.-based staff to more than 300 employees.” The company said there is demand for the channel with 40 percent of online viewing of Al Jazeera English coming from the United States. Bloomberg reported Jan. 3 that Current TV, owned by Current Media LLC and founded by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, will sell for about $500 million US. Reuters reported Jan. 4 that broadcast distributors in the United States will try to reach more favourable carriage deals for the new channel because there is little demand to carry Current TV or Al Jazeera America. The news agency reported that Current TV's wholesale carriage rate is 12 cents per subscriber and that the cannel is distributed to more than 40 million homes. Al Jazeera's English channel has sought entry into the U.S. subscription TV market but has faced political obstacles from critics. Al Jazeera Media Network is based in Doha, Qatar, and is an agency of the Qatar government. In Canada, BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Quebecor Media Inc. said in 2010 they would carry Al Jazeera English.