Khanfar, who has run the international news and kids broadcaster for the last eight year, has been replaced by Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, an executive at Qatargas and a member of the Qatari royal family.
Al Jazeera, which is based in Doha and is owned by the country’s emir, launched in 1996 and operates channels including English-language satellite service Al Jazeera International and kids channel JCC as well as a documentary channel and a raft of sports channels.
“For sometime I have been discussing my desire to step down with the chairman of the board. He has kindly expressed understanding and has accepted my decision. Upon my appointment, the chairman and I set a goal to establish Al Jazeera as global media leader and we have agreed that this target has been met and that the organisation is in a healthy position,” Khanfar wrote in his resignation note.