Suarez to Host Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story” Program

Ray Suarez is ready to analyze the day’s top stories…

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican broadcast journalist, a former PBS NewsHour national correspondent has joined Al Jazeera America as the host of its daily program Inside Story.

Ray Suarez

Suarez is expected to begin his work at the network on Monday, November 11.

Suarez tweeted in October that he was leaving PBS after 14 years — most recently as NewsHour’s chief national correspondent, then told Fox News Latino that he felt like he did not have “much of a future with the broadcast” because his contributions to the program had been minimized over the past couple years.

Al Jazeera describes Inside Story as a program that “provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day” with a panel of guests debating domestic and international topics.

“Ray’s extensive television and radio experience will be an incredible asset to Al Jazeera America and Inside Story’s viewers,”  Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian said in a statement.

Suarez hosted National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation for six years before joining PBS.

Suarez began his career as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome.

Carey’s “#Beautiful” Debuts Strong on Several Billboard Charts

It’s a #Beautiful start on the Billboard charts for Mariah Carey’s latest single…

The 43-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer has soared onto several of Billboard‘s Nielsen BDS-based airplay tallies with #Beautiful,” featuring Miguel.

Mariah Carey

The song debuts on the following charts: Pop Songs (No. 22); Adult Contemporary (No. 23); Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (No. 29); and Adult Pop Songs (No. 35).

Coordinated airplay on Clear Channel stations aided the song’s first week. Beginning at 7 a.m. EST on Monday, May 6 (the first day of the chart tracking week), “#Beautiful” played at the top of each hour until 11:00 pm on approximately 230 Clear Channel outlets.

Still, stations in other chains played “#Beautiful” over its first seven days of availability, including CBS Radio-owned Pop Songs panelists WBBM Chicago (61 spins), WNOW New York and KMVQ San Francisco (32 each).

With the bow of “#Beautiful,” the lead single from Carey’s forthcoming 13th studio album, due this summer, Carey ups her count to 30 Pop Songs entries dating to the chart’s Oct. 3, 1992, launch, tying Britney Spears for the second-most appearances. Only Rihanna (35) has tallied more visits.

The song’s debut rank is Carey’s third-best, trailing only the starts of “Dreamlover” (the list’s all-time top starter: No. 12 in 1993) and “Endless Love,” with Luther Vandross (No. 20, 1994).

Meanwhile, Miguel makes his second appearance on Pop Songs. He previously charted with “Adorn,” which reached No. 35 in December.