Al Jazeera America news channel to close up shop

January 13, 2016 7:41 PM

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Al Jazeera America news channel to close up shop

Al Jazeera America, the low-rated cable news network that sought to take on Fox News and CNN, will shut down operations at the end of April, less than three years after going on the air, the network told its staff Wednesday in a surprise move.

In a memo to employees, Al Jazeera America chief executive Al Anstey said the decision to close the channel 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.” He added, “I know the closure of AJAM will be a ma...

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