Al Jazeera America is the name of an upcoming news channel to be launched in the United States by the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera in 2013. It was announced on January 2, 2013, along with the announcement that the network had purchased the American progressive media company Current TV, which had been struggling in ratings and announced in October 2012 that it was considering selling itself. Al Jazeera has stated that it plans on shutting down the Current TV channel, and using the company's distribution network to broadcast Al Jazeera America.
The channel will be headquartered in New York City. The Al Jazeera network also expects to increase its U.S. based staff to a total of more than 300 employees as a result of Al Jazeera America.
The channel is expected to be available in at least 40 million American households, out of 100 million total. In contrast, Al Jazeera English, which launched in 2006 and is currently the network's only English language channel, is broadcasted in only a few U.S. cities and reaches 4.7 million households, though it is live streamed online for free. Al Jazeera America will not be live streamed online. Al Jazeera America is expected to replace Current TV on Comcast, Dish Network, Verizon, DirecTV, and AT&T. Shortly after the acquisition annoucement, Time Warner Cable, which broadcasts Current TV to nine million households stated that it will drop Current TV because it did not consent to its sale to Al Jazeera. The cable operator later said it will consider carriage of Al Jazeera America.
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