Al Jazeera America could be closing sooner than expected
It looks like the end of Al Jazeera America (AJAM) is coming sooner than expected. Originally stated that they would close up shop sometime in April, Politico is now reporting that AJAM staffers were told during a staff meeting Monday afternoon that they were to stop updating the company’s website on Feb. 26.
Digital staffers were told to stop reporting to work after Feb. 26 as well, though they will be paid through April. Television operations will continue until April 12.
Last month it was announced that AJAM would cease both its TV and digital operations.
“I know the closure of AJAM will be a massive disappointment for everyone here who has worked tirelessly for our long-term future,” Al Jazeera America’s chief executive said in a memo, reported by the New York Times. “The decision that has been made is in no way because AJAM has done anything but a great job. Our commitment to great journalism is unrivaled."