Qatari government-funded Al Jazeera starts conservative online media platform for US called Rightly that will be run by a former Fox News editor.
The Daily Mail reports:
Al Jazeera is launching a conservative digital media platform called Rightly
The media network, which is funded by the Qatari government, says Rightly will generate content for those 'underrepresented in today's media environment'
Scott Norvell, who worked at Fox News and News Corp for more than a decade, will head Rightly as its editor in chief
The platform will launch its first opinion program on Thursday with additional programs to follow within the next few months
The first show to air on the platform will be hosted by conservative political commentator Stephen Kent
Al Jazeera, which is headquartered in Doha, launched its left-leaning US network - Al Jazeera America - back in 2013
It closed down the arm in 2016 but has maintained a presence in the US online
The media network, which is funded by the Qatari government, announced on Tuesday that Rightly will generate content for 'audiences currently underrepresented in today's media environment'.
Scott Norvell, who worked at Fox News and News Corp for more than a decade, will head Rightly as its editor in chief.
The platform will launch its first opinion program on Thursday with additional programs to follow within the next few months. The first show to air on the platform will be hosted by conservative political commentator Stephen Kent.
It will stream on Rightly social media and podcast platforms.
Al Jazeera, which is headquartered in Doha, launched its left-leaning US network - Al Jazeera America - back in 2013. It closed down the American arm in 2016 but has maintained a presence in the US online with its international AJPlus video and Al Jazeera English platforms.
'American conservatism has never been monolithic,' Norvell, Rightly's editor-in-chief, said in a statement announcing the platform.
'With Rightly, we are hoping to create a platform that amplifies the voices of an array of personalities that more accurately reflects the racial, cultural and generational diversity of center-right politics in America than existing outlets.
'We aim to bring new Americans, young Americans, and Americans of color together and present conservative ideas that transcend the barriers which identity politics aim to put between us.'
Norvell is a Fox News veteran and worked at the network is varying capacities between 1996 and 2009.
After a brief stint with CNN, Norvell worked as Fox News' Miami bureau chief before becoming the network's London bureau chief. He later became the bureau chief of the New York newsroom and then a vice president of news for the network.
Norvell left Fox in 2009 to take on a chief operating officer role at NewsCore and Fox's parent company News Corp. He has been working at a screen company since 2012.
Norvell authored several articles that appeared online with Al Jazeera English last year that touched on Donald Trump, anti-racism protests and COVID-19.
Former President Donald Trump has been rumored to be plotting his own conservative online news channel to take on Fox News.
Rightly will soft launch with its first show, 'Right Now with Stephen Kent,' on Thursday.
Al Jazeera described Kent as 'one of the rising stars in Millennial political circles in the United States'.
The network said the show will be an in-studio interview program that focus on the issues 'animating right-of-center Americans'.
Kent is a libertarian podcaster, TV commentator, political writer and media consultant. He is currently signed to Center Street, a conservative book company that also represents Donald Trump Jr and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
'I'm one of millions of Americans who grew up identifying with the conservative movement only to reach the times we're living in now and recognize very little of its politics,' Kent said.
'This show is going to be about searching for a home if you're someone who doesn't feel represented in the current political climate. The majority of Americans want a sane political conversation rooted in humility and openness.
'We're going to do just that by hosting weekly conversations on the state of the right and have some fun doing it.'
Michael Weaver, a senior vice president at Al Jazeera Media Network's Digital Division, said Rightly would provide 'fresh voices that are too often left out of the mainstream media a space to engage and debate the issues that matter most to them.
'Rightly will also be a platform where the full spectrum of political voices can expect to have, or find, a thoughtful debate on the future of the United States.'