Al Jazeera America to Off-Air in April
Al Jazeera America, which promised to cover soberly American news as they start airing in 2013, will shut down at the end of April. At the companywide meeting, Al Anstey, Al Jazeera America’s chief executive said in a memo to the staff that the “decision by Al Jazeera America’s board is driven by the fact that our business model is simply not sustainable in light of the economic challenges in the U.S. media marketplace.”
“I know shutting down of Al Jazeera America will be a very big disappointment for everyone tirelessly working for our long-term future,” Anstey continued. “The decision that has been made is in no way because AJAM has done anything but a great job. Our commitment to great journalism is unparalleled.”
As the airing of Al Jazeera America will already shut down in Spring, Anstey also says in his memo that the network plans to “bring new global content into America” as they plan to grow online. In a general meeting, staffs were told that they will still be compensated as well as received their benefits until April 30.
Al Jazeera America had been launched as Al Gore of Qatar government purchased rights of $500 million and created Current TV in January 2013. AJAM debuted on August 20, 2013 in about 30 million viewers in the U.S despite early struggles with the likes of Time Warner Cable and AT&T.
According to a reliable source, since late last year high ranked people of AJAM have already seen the writing on the wall as top executives fled in spite of court cases and accusations of discrimination. Aside from their stories like the current allegations that Denver Broncos QT Peyton Manning secretly used performance-enhancing drugs; the network had never really become a real player in the world of cable news in the U.S. AJAM had never gained any footing in the industry apart from the legal battles with their former VP, staff layoffs, high profile exits and scandals.