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Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera Over $500 Million Current TV Deal (Bloomberg)
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has sued Al Jazeera, claiming the satellite news provider owned by the Qatari royal family owes him and a partner $65 million from a deal to buy his network, Current TV. TVNewser “Our outside counsel is reviewing the complaint,” an Al Jazeera spokesperson said. “We think it relates to a commercial dispute between former shareholders of Current Media and Al Jazeera America. We may have further comment once they’ve fully reviewed everything.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, the co-founders of Current Media, say that Al Jazeera has unlawfully refused to turn over tens of millions of dollars currently located in an escrow account. That money is owed to Current Media shareholders per the terms of the $500-million merger agreement made in January 2013, the plaintiffs say. New York Post Gore, 66, was set to personally pocket an estimated $100 million on the sale of his 20 percent stake in the network, which he helped found in 2004. Mediaite In a statement, Gore’s lawyer said, “Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago. We are asking the court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.” It should be noted that last year, Gore himself was sued for the sale of Current TV.

Meet The Press Pays Tribute to David Gregory (TVNewser)
On Meet The Press Sunday morning, Andrea Mitchell said a few words about David Gregory, who moderated his final show last Sunday. “Meet The Press makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008,” she said. Deadline Hollywood Gregory didn’t get to say, “So long,” to Meet The Press viewers — his bosses at NBC News gave him the heave-ho Thursday, effective immediately, after two decades at the division, because his Sunday Beltway show was not doing as well in the ratings as competitors at ABC and CBS. Minutes after Gregory tweeted that he was out, NBC News announced that he would be replaced by Chuck Todd in September. Mediaite On Sunday, Meet The Press ran a short tribute to Gregory, who was removed as host of the iconic show after a protracted process that drew industry-wide and bipartisan condemnation of NBC News. Meet The Press has been plagued in recent years by declining ratings and fierce vitriol against Gregory, who took over the show after legendary host Tim Russert passed away in 2008. TVNewser Before Chuck Todd takes the reins of Meet The Press Sept. 7, his soon-to-be competitors are welcoming him into the fray. In statements to TVNewser, George Stephanopoulos said, “Chuck’s been preparing for this his whole career. Great to have him in the Sunday morning mix.” Chris Wallace added, “I welcome Chuck to the Sunday morning wars. Enjoy the last few Saturday nights out you’ll have for a long time. I expect Chuck to be solid competition, which will only make the game more interesting.” Bob Schieffer said, “David and Chuck are both friends of mine so I wish both of them the very best.”

Ann Compton to Retire After 41 Years at ABC (Politico Playbook)
Ann Compton, who has covered seven presidents as a White House correspondent for ABC News, will retire this fall. She’ll do one final foreign trip with President Obama — the NATO summit in Wales — then leave the booth for good. Ann’s contract was up in July, and she told her bosses in March that she wouldn’t sign another one. TVNewser She will officially retire Sept. 10, 41 years to the day after she started at ABC News. FishbowlDC Disney/ABC Television Group co-president Ben Sherwood told Politico, “Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.” HuffPost In 1974, Compton made her way into the White House and became the first female to cover the White House for a network news organization. “It’s just a good moment to go,” she told Politico. “It’s going to be a different business.” Fans and colleagues of Compton celebrated her career on Twitter Friday after news of her retirement broke.