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Al Jazeera America Will Go Offline Tuesday Night

Al Jazeera America Will Go Offline Tuesday Night
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 April 2016 07:59 PM

Al Jazeera America will go off the air Tuesday night after a run of less than three years.

A Politico report discusses the channel's final evening, which will effectively end at 9 p.m. when its last live broadcast is over. At midnight, the channel will go offline.

The network's political correspondent Michael Shure told Politico the staff is "very proud" of the work they did at the New York City-based channel.

"It seems sort of celebratory," Shure told Politico. "Everyone is very proud of Al Jazeera, that against the odds of difficulties with management initially, everyone is very proud of the journalism and the product that is on the air. Everyone is smarter after you turn it off."

About 700 people will lose their jobs when the network goes dark, reports CNN. Al Jazeera America strived to report the news in a fact-based way without editorializing, and focused on international news for its broadcasts.

"We are signing off but, somewhat counterintuitively, I believe we succeeded," CEO Al Anstey told CNN. "People believe passionately in what we did."

CNN cites Nielsen figures that say about 20,000 people would watch the network at a normal hour during the day.

Al Jazeera America planned to broadcast a special from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday that would showcase the work it did since it was first launched on Aug. 20, 2012.

In January, the network announced it would shut down and cited an "unsustainable business model" as one reason. Its online news operation went dark in late February.

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