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Time Warner Cable Picks Up Al Jazeera America – But What Did They Say About TheBlaze TV?

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Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement for the cable company to start carrying the channel, but a Time Warner representative told TheBlaze they have no concrete plans to pick up TheBlaze TV.

The news comes on the heels of Sean "Diddy" Combs' new Revolt channel being launched earlier this week, carried only by Time Warner and some Comcast cable outlets.

Financial terms of the deal between Time Warner and Qatar-owned Al Jazeera America were not disclosed, but The New York Times reported that Al Jazeera may actually pay Time Warner for marketing and advertising sales support.

Joie Chen, host of the new Al Jazeera America nightly news program America Tonight, sits at the anchor desk in the network's studio space at the Newseum in Washington, DC, August 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America’s interim chief executive, simply called the agreement a “win-win proposition.”

The deal will make Al Jazeera America available in almost 55 million American homes, up from about 44 million now.

When TheBlaze asked Time Warner whether it has any upcoming plans to add TheBlaze TV to its lineup, representative Maureen Huff said they have nothing new to report since we last inquired, after the "Get TheBlaze" social campaign over the summer.

“We’ve had discussions regarding carriage of (TheBlaze), but we don’t have an agreement,” she said at the time.

Al Jazeera America began broadcasting in August, at the same time the "GetTheBlaze" social campaign gained steam. The network says it wants to provide unbiased, in-depth domestic and global news, but faces the challenge of overcoming suspicions about a news organization controlled by a foreign government, and part of a larger company described by some as anti-American.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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