Al Jazeera America will be shutting its doors soon:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 13, 2016
It’s probably way too late to stop payment on the check to Al Gore:
Al Jazeera America went on the air in August 2013 after it bought Al Gore’s Current TV for $500 million. It promised to be thoughtful and smart, free of the shouting arguments that have defined cable news in the United States over the last decade. But meaningful viewership never came, with prime-time ratings sometimes struggling to exceed 30,000 viewers.
In 2014, sellers of Current, including Gore, filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Al Jazeera for not paying the full amount, but Gore still undoubtedly got a nice chunk of change.
…and Al Gore is smiling all the way to the bank! https://t.co/3UZ8O22H8y
— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) January 13, 2016
Al Gore rn enjoying that Al Jazeera moneypic.twitter.com/K9iNusRAQ8
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 13, 2016
2013: Al Gore sells Current TV to Al Jazeera for $500 million.
2016: Al Jazeera shuts down.
Al Gore be like: pic.twitter.com/b0rW6VokpB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 13, 2016
— Don't Panic (@dd42bb) January 13, 2016
— Michael Socolow (@MichaelSocolow) January 13, 2016
— Sandra ن (@SandraALTX) January 13, 2016
— Chris Balfe (@cbalfe) January 13, 2016