Amid turmoil that has seen the departure of three high-level executives and a lawsuit from a former staffer in recent days, Al Jazeera America announced Wednesday the appointment of a new network head.
Al Anstey, who was previously managing director of Al Jazeera English, will lead the network, replacing Ehab Alshihabi.
Anstey’s appointment comes the day after a damning article from The New York Times that catalogued some of the network’s woes. Among them: Recently departed executive Marcy McGinnis attributed her exit to a “culture of fear” born from lack of job security.
In addition to McGinnis, Diana Lee, executive vice president of human resources, and Dawn Bridges, executive vice president for communications, have also left the network. All three departures come shortly after ex-employee Matthew Luke filed a $15 million lawsuit against Al Jazeera America that leveled complaints of a hostile work environment. Read more