A man works at a desk in the Al Jazeera America broadcast center in New York, in an August 20, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files
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Al-Jazeera America, the cable news channel launched by the global Qatar-based media group with great fanfare in 2013, will be shut down April 30, the company said Wednesday.The shutdown comes less than three years after a massive investment in a cable news operation aimed at rivaling CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, but which failed to attract significant numbers of viewers.The wind-down of Al-Jazeera America will not affect the group's other global media operations, the memo said.Anstey noted that the reorganization would help Al-Jazeera invest in expanded digital operations.Al-Jazeera acquired its US cable channel from Current TV, a group that included former US vice president Al Gore and reached some 40 million households.
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