People in Briefs for July 24

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.
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O’Brian named head of Al Jazeera America


NEW YORK — ABC News executive Kate O’Brian is the new president of Al Jazeera America, the cable news network that plans to launch in the United States next month.

Al Jazeera announced O’Brian’s appointment Monday. She has worked at ABC News for 30 years and since 2007 has overseen the network’s coverage of major news events.

Three other American news veterans have been named senior vice presidents of Al Jazeera America. They are: David Doss, a former producer for CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”; Shannon High-Bassalik, who has worked at CNN and NBC News; and Marcy McGinnis, a former senior news executive at CBS who has been teaching journalism the past few years.

Al Jazeera also said that Ehab Al Shihabi, an executive at the company, is the U.S. network’s interim chief executive officer.

Michael Moore files for divorce after 21 years


— Filmmaker Michael Moore has filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage to Kathleen Glynn, his collaborator on the Oscar-winning “Bowling for Columbine” and other projects.

Moore filed a divorce complaint last month in Michigan’s Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home. It says their relationship has broken down and “there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”

Clerk of Court Sheryl Guy said Monday that Glynn has not filed a response.

A final hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Moore and Glynn married in Flint in 1991. Glynn is listed as producer or executive producer for many of Moore’s hard-hitting documentary films, including “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko” and “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

Carson’s ‘Tonight’ highlights online


NEW YORK — Heeeere’s Johnny on iTunes!

For the first time, content from “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is available for digital download.

Two volumes of material from the King of Late Night are now available for purchase from the iTunes store.

A compilation edition (priced at $14.99) includes highlights from the 1960s through Carson’s emotional farewell show and his memorable next-to-last show with guest Bette Midler, which aired in 1992.

A second volume ($19.99) features 16 “Tonight” episodes with some of Carson’s favorite guests, including Don Rickles, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres in one of her first TV appearances.

iTunes.com/JohnnyCarson

Billy Ray Cyrus, wife call off divorce again


— Country musician Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife are calling off their divorce proceedings for a second time.

Tish Finley Cyrus filed for a divorce last month in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. But in a statement provided by their publicist Monday, the couple said they are working on their relationship in therapy.

“We both woke up and realized we love each other and decided we want to stay together,” they said.

It was the couple’s second divorce attempt after Billy Ray Cyrus, who rose to fame in 1992 with the hit song “Achy Breaky Heart,” filed for divorce in 2010 but he later withdrew the petition.

The two got married in December 1993 and have three children together, including actress-musician Miley Cyrus.

Associated Press

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