Al Jazeera America To Shut Down Cable News Channel

Al Jazeera America To Shut Down Cable News Channel

CEO of Al jazeera, Al Anstey has noted that its American Channel, Al Jazeera America will  shut down In April.

Al Anstey noted that the channel is not sustainable  in light of the ecomonic challenges. This  deciosn  is irrespective of the huge amounts of money spent  to break into the US market.

The channel struggled with internal turmoil, as well, including multiple discrimination lawsuits that ended up ousting its founding CEO.

Al Jazeera America launched in 2013 vowing to be a more serious and in-depth alternative to CNN and Fox News.The Qatar-based broadcaster spent millions of dollars hiring top US journalists but struggled to bring viewers to its news programmes.

Al Jazeera promised to expand its coverage of the US online after the channel shuts down in April.

The Qatar-based broadcaster bought Current TV for around $500 million (£308 million). Al Jazeera America was available in about 60 million American homes. Politico notes that the channel reached an average of 19,000 viewers each day in 2015, far fewer than its competitors.

 

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