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Al Jazeera America, which will be celebrating its first anniversary next week, is considering another round of layoffs, as the network’s ratings continue to sag.

According to TV Newser, Al Jazeera America CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told the staff during a meeting last week that there may be further layoffs.

A network spokesman told TV Newser that “Like any television network we make decisions based on our programming schedule,” and that they were always looking at staffing levels.

This is the second round of cuts this year. In April, the network laid off dozens of people in their sports and business units.

Al Jazeera America reportedly spent hundreds of millions of dollars hiring staff to build 12 U.S. bureaus in anticipation of competing with Fox, MSNBC and CNN—after buying Al Gore’s Current TV for $500 million—and wound up with a network whose ratings are so bad they’re barely measurable.

While the Qatari government has plenty of money to spend on Al Jazeera, it’s evident by the layoffs that they are finally starting to realize the folly of their investment.

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  • Robbins Mitchell

    Tell ’em to lay everybody off….nobody watches that camel $h!t except maybe anAL GOREtentive

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Israel , Egypt and Syria don’t want to live under the Muslim Brotherhood. But America wants Egypt to live under the Muslim Brotherhood and they may of activated the Muslim Brotherhood ( Al Qaeda ) in Syria like they did in Afghanistan when President Bush re activated the Arab Nazis ( The Muslim Brotherhood ) and re-named them MAK against the Soviets. This is the first American employment of Osama Bin Laden. Then they became Al Qaeda. Now that Israel is being attacked by the Muslim Brotherhood ( Hamas) the administration seems to once again be siding with the Muslim Brotherhood. Quote – Last week, Qatar closed the largest sale of American weaponry so far this year, purchasing $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters. Qatar is “believed to be the primary financier of Hamas,” which has estimated annual operating expenses of around $1 billion.- In June, Qatar attempted to transfer money for civil service salaries for Gaza-based Hamas members through the Arab Bank, a transaction that the Bank disallowed under reported U.S. pressure.
    While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates have taken in at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008, of which $66 million was paid just last year.

  • JobsForAmericansPlease

    Those fun loving muslims finally work out that we don’t care about their desire to kill everyone.