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Al Jazeera America to close in April


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Al Jazeera America to close in April

Al Jazeera America is to shut down its cable news channel by the end of April citing economic challenges.

The company will instead expand its existing international digital services in the United States, as consumers turn away from traditional media and move to mobile devices for news.

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

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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