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AMERICAN VICTORY: Islamic TV giant Al Jazeera is closing ALL of its US operations at end of April

Signage in the lobby of Al-Jazeera America, as the network made its first broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

By Cathy Burke

Qatar-based Arab-language broadcaster Al Jazeera is pulling the plug on its two-year-old American cable operation.

Al Jazeera America’s shutdown was first tweeted out by Politico reporter Hadas Gold.

According to Politico’s New York outlet, Capital New York, shocked staffers at the American operation, which first broadcast in August 2013, got the news Wednesday afternoon.

Bosses told the stunned staffers the channel’s business model was “no longer sustainable,” and would end by April 30, Capital New York reports.

Content delivered from the United States, however, will become part of its new global online plans, Capital New York reports.

From the start, Al Jazeera America focused on in-depth reports, but the channel never built up viewership; it only reached about 60 million U.S. homes compared with the roughly 100 million households that have cable TV, Capital New York reports.

The U.S. operation began with $500 million when it acquired Current TV, the news channel co-founded by Al Gore in 2005, and maintained a big newsroom in Manhattan, hiring talent from CNN and ABC – including former ABC News executive Kate O’Brian, who


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