Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jam finished

The Al Jazeera America adventure is over, heading to a phased shut-down by April. It took over the cable slot occupied by Al Gore's failing Current TV project in 2013, at a price said to be $500m, but has failed to build a worthwhile audience - averaging 19,000 viewers over a day in 2015 according to Nielsen, with evening peaks around 30k. It was available in 60 million homes; roughly 100 million homes have cable.

The channel ran into turmoil and sackings in May last year.

BBC World News is available by cable and satellite in 115.5m US homes, but has yet to share viewing figures.

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