Today Al Jazeera America passed the 50 million subscriber mark thanks in part to a new agreement with Time Warner Cable, which adds the net to its subscriber base and to Bright House Networks.
Al Jazeera America
That was quick: even before Al Jazeera America made it to the airwaves on Tuesday, it was already in the middle of its first carriage dispute.
Al Jazeera America (AJAM) launches on Tuesday with both the boundless enthusiasm of the hard-core news hounds who are driving its slick, expensive content, and a branding problem as big as the Persian Gulf.
This week's update from the Ad Cave includes a sneak peek at the Media Plan of the Year, Sam Thielman's thoughts on the U.S. launch of Al Jazeera as well as ex-Mad Man Jared Harris' Info Diet.
One of the most surprising revelations in a call today with interim Al Jazeera CEO Ehab El Shihabi and president of newsgathering Kate O'Brian was that, unlike its more ad-heavy competitors, Al Jazeera America will have only six minutes per hour of commercials when it launches on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
With a little less than a month to go before its launch, Al Jazeera America has selected ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian to serve as its president.