Al Jazeera America will shutter its cable TV and digital operations by April 30 of this year.
The decision was due to the board concluding that the business model was unsustainable. Al Jazeera America has consistently struggled for ratings despite winning multiple awards for the quality of its journalism.
However, Al Jazeera America’s parent company has committed to a significant expansion of its digital operations in the US market.
“As audiences increasingly turn to multiple platforms, including mobile devices, for news and information, this expansion will allow US and non-US consumers alike to access the network’s journalism and content wherever and whenever they want,” explains Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement. “By expanding its digital content and distribution services to now include the US, the network will be better positioned to innovate and compete in an overwhelmingly digital world to serve today’s 24-hour digitally focused audience.”