Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America say they've reached a deal for the cable company to start delivering the channel to 55 million American homes.
Al Jazeera America will be launched over the next six months on digital basic cable services in Time Warner Cable as well as Bright House Networks markets, including New York, Los Angeles. and Dallas.
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Financial terms of the Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America deal were not disclosed, according to The Associated Press
Al Jazeera America began broadcasting in August
. It has said it wants to provide unbiased, in-depth domestic and global news. But it faces the challenge of overcoming suspicions that some Americans may have about a news organization that is controlled by a foreign government and part of a larger company described by some critics as anti-American, according to the AP.
National advertisers apparently were wary of being associated with a brand that, in the past, has been perceived as anti-American
. The network was critical in its coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has aired messages from deceased al-Qaida terror leader Osama bin Laden.
"I wouldn’t give them a dime, especially since we are in New York," one anonymous advertiser told the New York Post. "They’re owned by an Arab country and they ran the [Osama] bin Laden tapes. I just wouldn’t trust them."
The network is owned by members of the royal family of House of Thani, who rule the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar and have a net worth of $60 billion, earned primarily from their oil business.
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