Al Jazeera America has announced that its cable TV and digital output will stop operations by April 30. Al Anstey, Al Jazeera America’s CEO, 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.”
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.