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Al Jazeera America to shut down in April

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Al Jazeera America has announced that its cable TV and digital output will cease operations by April 30.

Al Anstey, Al Jazeera America’s CEO, said in a statement that the decision was “driven by the fact that our business model is simply not sustainable in light of the economic challenges in the U.S. media marketplace.”

Al Jazeera America launched in 2013, replacing Current TV, but, as The New York Times notes, the network’s prime time ratings proved continually disappointing. The network’s major programs included America TonightYour World This Morning, and Ali Velshi on Target. The network won several awards for its programming, including the documentary series Fault Lines, which won Peabody Awards and a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Alongside the announced closure, Al Jazeera’s staff also stated that the parent company will be looking to “commit to a significant expansion of its worldwide digital operations into the U.S. market” so that the company can “be better positioned to innovate and compete in an overwhelmingly digital world to serve today’s 24-hour digitally focused audience.”

Anstey promised that the network will continue to work to its fullest capabilities until it shuts down.

“Between now and April, we will continue to show America why AJAM has won respect and the fierce loyalty of so many of our viewers,” Anstey said.

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