Al Jazeera America – What’s next for al Jazeera?
Al Jazeera has been left with a handful of channels that have not yet been launched and some of its news content has not been available on other networks, like MSNBC and CNN.
The US broadcaster’s news channel, the mainstay of its business in the US and around the world, has also been hampered by its financial woes, including its failure to reach its subscribers.
“The news channel has a long way to go, but we have to start with a clean slate,” Al Jazeera’s executive editor-in-chief, Sami Al Fassani, told Al Jazeera.
“We have to build a new business model that will bring new revenue streams, new viewers and new viewers to the channel.”
Al Jazeera America is currently facing an internal review over the channel’s future, after a report by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that it failed to make it into a high-definition standard, despite having more than 300,000 subscribers.
The FCC is expected to release its findings on Wednesday.
Al Jazeera has a deal with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which regulates the cable TV industry, to carry the channel, which is currently the third most popular cable TV service in the United States.
Al Jazeera America has not yet launched, and Al Jazeera was not available to comment for this story.
Al Jazeera and the NCTA did not respond to requests for comment.
The decision by the NCTS to allow Al Jazeera to remain on the cable and satellite market, despite the regulator’s findings, comes as the US broadcaster faces increasing pressure from consumers over its reporting of domestic and foreign conflicts and conflicts of interest.
Al jazeera America is the fifth most popular channel in the country, according to a report last year by comScore.
But Al Jazeera USA has lost more than 30% of its subscribers since 2016, when it was acquired by the Qatar-based broadcaster, which it is currently run from the US.
It is currently available in more than 80 million homes in the U.S., the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according, according ComScore.
Al Jazeera USA was acquired for $350 million by Al Jazeera in 2012, according the FCC’s latest report.