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Al Jazeera America cable channel shuts down, will move to digital

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Jan 2016 10:41 User comments (21)

Al Jazeera America cable channel shuts down, will move to digital Al Jazeera America, the cable channel launched in 2013 to rival mainstream media like CNN and Fox News, has shut down following years of no viewership.
The channel came to be after Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore's Current TV for $500 million. When the channel officially goes dark in April, Al Jazeera says it will "expand its digital presence in the United States." The expansion "would bring new global content into America."

At its peak, the channel had just 30,000 viewers, a far cry from viewership levels required to be profitable. Rivals averaged anywhere from 300,000 to 1.5 million viewers during the same periods.

CEO Al Anstey, said 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."

Source:
NYT

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21 user comments

115.1.2016 17:48

Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !

216.1.2016 14:43

Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !

Clue me in on the reason for your dislike of Al Jazeera? Is it the fact that they still produce investigative journalism? Their lack of American bias? What, exactly?

Do you hate BBC News, as well?

316.1.2016 16:39

Excellent!! Any and all things Arabic should be eliminated!!!

416.1.2016 16:59

Originally posted by brian480:
Excellent!! Any and all things Arabic should be eliminated!!!
Cool! You will just be brian___ then, since the 480 are Arabic numerals.

516.1.2016 21:50

Sounds good to me

616.1.2016 22:10

Alcohol, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, candy, coffee, cotton, guitar, zero, magazine, massage, rook, saffron, sofa, sugar, syrup, sherbet, sorbet, soda, sodium, tarragon and tuna are all Arabic too.

717.1.2016 14:31

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Alcohol, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, candy, coffee, cotton, guitar, zero, magazine, massage, rook, saffron, sofa, sugar, syrup, sherbet, sorbet, soda, sodium, tarragon and tuna are all Arabic too.

Your point isn't terrible, but some of the individual items on your list are NOT particularly Arabic (note - civilization in general is much older than Arabic culture):
- Alcohol is considered as potentially being the reason civilization started in the 1st place (bread being accidentally cooked brew mash).
- Candy has existed since humans discovered sweet foods.
- Massage existed in China long before anywhere else.

817.1.2016 17:39

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Alcohol, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, candy, coffee, cotton, guitar, zero, magazine, massage, rook, saffron, sofa, sugar, syrup, sherbet, sorbet, soda, sodium, tarragon and tuna are all Arabic too.

Your point isn't terrible, but some of the individual items on your list are NOT particularly Arabic (note - civilization in general is much older than Arabic culture):
- Alcohol is considered as potentially being the reason civilization started in the 1st place (bread being accidentally cooked brew mash).
- Candy has existed since humans discovered sweet foods.
- Massage existed in China long before anywhere else.

I meant the words are of Arabic origin, but some of the actual things (e.g. coffee & guitar), plus some other things like optical lenses, torpedoes and algebra are too.

918.1.2016 00:26

GOODBYE DIRTY CAMEL FUCKERS !!! TAKE YOUR RELIGION AND STICK IT UP YOUR ASS ! ! !

1018.1.2016 09:44

Seriously, dude?

What a hateful little person you are, Helvehammer. Enjoy the ban that's forthcoming, I guess, you've fully earned it.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Jan 2016 @ 9:45

1118.1.2016 16:03

It is rather sad...an actual news network finally shows up and most cable companies won't carry it (or you need to buy 200 channels of reality shows to get it)...when it does get carried, people assume it must be an islamic extremist network so they don't watch. There are actually people who think Al Jazeera is a terrorist organization, no joke! Now the entire 24 hour TV news is just fox, cnn, and msnbc arguing about what constitutional rights should be eliminated first. The news has been dictated by the actions of the uninformed...sickening.

Helvehammer - While I generally agree that religion is a sham and that all religions (even christianity) are nothing but mental poison, Al Jazeera is not a religious network, and they have reporters of all faiths and ethnicities all over the world, even where there are no camels to be found. People like you are the reason that reddit is now a more trusted news source than any 24 hour network on TV. I hope the next time you are burning a cross, it falls over and lights your white robe on fire.

1219.1.2016 01:28

I was hoping the title of this news article read "FOX NEWS CABLE CHANNEL TO SHUT DOWN" but that's wishful thinking on my part.

1319.1.2016 03:47

Fox News is isn't just profitable, it's also Ailes' ego writ large. No way in HELL is he going to let Fox die, at least for his lifetime.

1422.1.2016 14:08

Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?

1522.1.2016 14:09

Originally posted by ivymike:
I was hoping the title of this news article read "FOX NEWS CABLE CHANNEL TO SHUT DOWN" but that's wishful thinking on my part.
That would be the best thing to ever happen to them & for the world.

1622.1.2016 14:11

Originally posted by Helvehammer:
GOODBYE DIRTY CAMEL FUCKERS !!! TAKE YOUR RELIGION AND STICK IT UP YOUR ASS ! ! !
Ignorance just shines thru with you.

1722.1.2016 14:12

Originally posted by coachop:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?
Your a Fool !

1822.1.2016 14:13

Originally posted by ronhondo:
Originally posted by coachop:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?
You're a Fool !
I think you are confused. That would be you
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Jan 2016 @ 5:34

1922.1.2016 16:08

Originally posted by ronhondo:
Originally posted by coachop:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?
Your a Fool !
You can't even spell your insults about others' intelligence properly?

Nice; turns out, you're the fool, as you just soundly proved to several people. Congrats, I guess?

You might want to quit while you can.

2022.1.2016 17:08

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Originally posted by coachop:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?
You're a Fool !
You can't even spell your insults about others' intelligence properly?

Nice; turns out, you're the fool, as you just soundly proved to several people. Congrats, I guess?

You might want to quit while you can.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Jan 2016 @ 5:43

2122.1.2016 17:32

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Originally posted by coachop:
Originally posted by ronhondo:
Don't let the screen hit you in the ass ! BYE !
Like you have let your stupidity hit you in yours?
You're a Fool !
You can't even spell your insults about others' intelligence properly?

Nice; turns out, you're the fool, as you just soundly proved to several people. Congrats, I guess?

You might want to quit while you can.
I think you should quit before you reveal your true colors.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Jan 2016 @ 5:48

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