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01-14-2016, 04:55 PM

Al Jazeera America will shutter its cable TV and digital operations by April 30 of this year, the company announced Wednesday. The decision by the AJAM board 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,” said AJAM CEO Al Anstey.

“I know the closure of AJAM will be a massive disappointment for everyone here who has worked tirelessly for our long-term future,” Anstey wrote in an email addressed to all the company’s employees. The decision was no reflection on the work of that staff, he said. “Our commitment to great journalism is unrivaled. We have increasingly set ourselves apart from all the rest. And you are the most talented team any organization could wish for.”

The announcement of AJAM’s closure coincides with a decision by its global parent company to commit to a significant expansion of its worldwide digital operations into the U.S. market.

“As audiences increasingly turn to multiple platforms, including mobile devices, for news and information, this expansion will allow U.S. and non-U.S. consumers alike to access the network’s journalism and content wherever and whenever they want,” the Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement. “By expanding its digital content and distribution services to now include the U.S., the network will be better positioned to innovate and compete in an overwhelmingly digital world to serve today’s 24-hour digitally focused audience.”

Anstey praised the Al Jazeera America staff as “a brilliant team made up of the most committed, professional and dedicated people … In the months to come, we will do everything that we can to support you, to work with you and to ensure you are shown the respect you deserve.”

Despite its initial struggle for TV ratings, the newcomer network was quickly and repeatedly recognized by its industry peers for the excellence of its journalism. Within months of launching, AJAM began collecting prestigious prizes — from Peabody, Emmy, Gracie, Eppy and DuPont awards to a Shorty Award, for best Twitter newsfeed, and Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page awards and citations from groups such as the National Association of Black Journalists and the Native American Journalism.

Anstey said AJAM made slow but steady progress in recent months in growing its audience. “Our editorial excellence was demonstrated time and time again on the major stories of recent months,” he wrote. “And we continue to win praise from our colleagues in the industry and from our viewers for the quality of our output.

He vowed that AJAM would maintain its standards of excellence until it goes dark.

“Between now and April, we will continue to show America why AJAM has won respect and the fierce loyalty of so many of our viewers,” Anstey wrote. “Through your remarkable work at AJAM, we have shown that there is a different way of reporting news and providing information. The foundation of this is integrity, great journalism, impartiality and a commitment to the highest quality story telling. This will be our lasting impact, and as we produce and showcase the best of our work in the weeks to come, this will be clear for everyone to see.”

Ronin Truth
01-14-2016, 05:14 PM
Well there's about 20,000 disappointed regular listeners. <sniff, sniff> :p

01-14-2016, 05:56 PM
Qatar has spent to much $$$ on the crazies inside Syria.

01-14-2016, 06:09 PM
Next: Faux News, CNN, PMSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS!

Miss Annie
01-14-2016, 06:58 PM
They were nothing more than a Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece.

01-14-2016, 07:23 PM
Good Riddance.

It was a mouthpiece for the Qatari regime.

01-14-2016, 07:33 PM
Good, every time I heard their name, a Jazzy Brassiere came to mind.

Indy Vidual
01-14-2016, 07:56 PM
Is the Oprah Winfrey Network still alive? :o

01-14-2016, 10:01 PM

So,, you out of a job or something?

01-15-2016, 10:03 AM
Well AJ had made a direct attack on the way we play our Sports industory businesses, there had to be a price for that.
Downside is this woud sharply reduce diversity in US media owners market as it was the only Arab-semitic owned media in the US.

Explosive Documentary Links Peyton Manning, Major Athletes To Doping Ring

The quarterback and his wife received human growth hormone in 2011, an alleged supplier asserts in a new undercover investigation.

12/26/2015 09:01 pm ET | Updated Dec 28, 2015

Travis Waldron Sports Reporter, The Huffington Post
Ryan Grim Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during a 2015 NFL game. A new report alleges that Manning and his wife obtained human growth hormone, which is banned in the NFL, when he was hurt in 2011.

An Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, a pharmacist who once worked at the clinic asserts in a new special report from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/).

The report, “The Dark Side,” is the result of a monthslong investigation in which Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover in an attempt to expose the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs in global sports. As a cover story, Collins tells medical professionals tied to the trade of performance-enhancing drugs that he is hoping for one last shot at glory at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Manning is just one of many high-profile players the report names and raises questions about.


01-15-2016, 10:08 AM
I've actually been to AJA's headquarters here in DC... Several times. It's run by jews. You'd be hard pressed to find any Arabs, at all, working there. The Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, NFL references are kinda nuts.

01-15-2016, 04:52 PM
Al Jazzera is a much higher quality news outlet than anything the US media has to offer. Its on par with the BBC.

01-15-2016, 07:59 PM
The "source" on the Peyton Manning thing backed off the story.


Pharmacist Who Linked Peyton Manning To HGH Tells ESPN He Lied


Sly told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he isn't a pharmacist and wasn't at the Guyer Institute in 2011, as Al Jazeera claimed. State licensing records indicate that a Charles David Sly was licensed as a pharmacy intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013. His license expired May 1, 2013.

Sly also said he recanted his story to Al Jazeera when he realized that it had used information he had "made up" to British hurdler Liam Collins, the undercover reporter who Sly said was trying to get into the supplementation business.

"When I was there, I had never seen the Mannings ever," Sly said. "They were not even living there at that time. Someone who worked there said they had been there before. That was the extent of any knowledge I had. I feel badly. I never saw any files. This is just amazing that it reached this point."

Al Jazeera's report, titled "The Dark Side," contends that steroids and other drugs were shipped to the home address of Manning in 2011 in the name of his wife, Ashley, so that his name was never attached to the shipments. Sly, now based in Austin, Texas, also said in the undercover video that Manning and his wife went to the clinic after its normal business hours for intravenous treatments.

01-15-2016, 08:17 PM
Al Jazzera is a much higher quality news outlet than anything the US media has to offer. Its on par with the BBC.


I watch it every now and then, usually late at night. Pretty good stuff, and you definitely get a good full of news that you never see in U.S. media. Granted, take everything with a lump of salt like any other major media outlet, but at least to get some perspective and other culture, I enjoy it. There's always the interwebs for a stream and to fact check.