A cable news channel will shut down by the end of April. The New York Times reports that plans to shut down Al Jazeera America were announced today at a companywide meeting. The channel has been on the air since 2013.
The report quotes a memo to staffers from Al Jazeera America Chief Executive Al Anstey in which he says 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.”
The report notes that the channel never attracted much of an audience, “with prime-time ratings sometimes struggling to exceed 30,000 viewers.” The Times adds: “To make matters worse, the newsroom was hit with turmoil last year when staff members complained bitterly of a culture of fear. There was an exodus of top executives, along with a pair of lawsuits from former employees that included complaints about sexism and anti-Semitism at the news channel.”