I landed in Doha in October 2005 as part of the team to launch the new Al Jazeera English channel.

I already had quite a familiar relationship with Al Jazeera. My first job and the one I left to come to Doha was at ABC News in London. They had a broadcast agreement with Al Jazeera and so we shared footage and often spoke to our counterparts.

Doha sounded exciting. I had deployed and dealt with ABC colleagues based there during the Iraq war. Watching their live shots from the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the acclaimed documentary Control Room inevitably gave it an exciting, albeit slightly dusty, allure.

The other thing that attracted me was the fact that it was made up of people all over

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