Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al Thani (حمد بن ثامر بن محمد آل ثاني) is one of the most influential figures in the Arab media sphere. He is the chairman of the board of the Al Jazeera Media Network, a Middle Eastern multinational media corporation based in Qatar. The network’s news operation currently has 70 bureaus, the second highest in the world after the BBC.
Al Jazeera Media Network also has a digital online-only news channel, AJ+. The channel is an online and mobile-only news channel primarily on its mobile app and YouTube operated by Al Jazeera New Media out of San Francisco, California. The channel consists of mostly On Demand content.
He is a member of the ruling family of Qatar, the House of Al Thani, and was the ruling Emir of Qatar for 18 years.
Before founding the entity that ultimately became Al Jazeera in 1996, Hamad worked in several positions in Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Culture. He received a bachelor’s in journalism from Qatar University.Tags: Government and Politics, journalism, Middle East, TV