Al Jazeera America has been picked up by Time Warner Cable, the Qatar-owned news network announced Thursday. Bright House Networks, another major cable provider, also added Al Jazeera America to its lineup.
"It has been a pleasure working with TWC over the past few months as their executives evaluated our programming and commitment to fact-based, in depth reporting," Al Jazeera America interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi said in a news release. "We appreciate the vote of confidence that Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have given to our brand of unbiased journalism and look forward to working with them as Al Jazeera America continues to grow."
At the beginning of this year, it was announced that Al Jazeera was purchasing the liberal Current TV. After the deal was solidified, Time Warner, which carried Current, said it would not carry the new Al Jazeera America. The discontinuation meant that Al Jazeera America would reach 40 million homes but not have access to an additional 12 million across the U.S. that Time Warner services.
"We said in January that we would consider Al Jazeera America," Time Warner Cable Executive Vice President Melinda Witmer said in the release. "Now that the channel is live, we think that it would be of value to our customers and are pleased to make it available."
Glenn Beck, who also owns TheBlaze, said in January that he had tried to purchase Current but had his offer declined by Current co-founder Al Gore.
The New York Times was the first to report on the new agreement between Time Warner and AJA.
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