Al Jazeera America under pressure following poor performance in Q1
Al Jazeera America ranked second-to-last in Nielsen's advertising-supported cable channels. (Screenshot)
Al Jazeera America is under pressure from its parent company to improve its financial performance after the news channel reported low ratings and advertising revenue figures for the first quarter of this year.
According to media reports, the American arm of the Doha-based station is undergoing a restructuring of its operations and programming.
Senior staff members Dawn Bridges, Head of Communications, and Diana Lee, Head of Human Resources, have reportedly resigned. More senior staff are expected to leave AJA following these departures.
Sources also claim Al Jazeera America has been replacing some of its programmes and newscast slots with the feed from Al Jazeera English. The station was ranked only 104th out of 106 advertising-supported cable channels rated by Nielsen.
AJA has been in the media spotlight recently following a $15 million lawsuit from an ex-employee over allegations of unfair dismissal. Earlier this month the news channel was embroiled in a controversy when it was accused of showing the wrong map of India in various programmes in 2013 and 2014 and was taken off air by the Indian government for “cartographic aggression”.
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