The Final Days of Al Jazeera America: ‘A Celebration’

By Mark Joyella 

On Friday, Al Jazeera America will begin its final farewell.

The network, which announced in January it would end operations after two and a half years, will celebrate its commitment to reporting with a reflection on “the key moments that defined the channel.”

“We’re marking our final week on the air by featuring our team’s exceptional work, with shows and content that exemplify the truly outstanding journalism that has set us apart,” said Kate O’Brian, AJAM’s president, in a statement to TVNewser Wednesday evening. “We have time and time again given voices to those across America whose stories would not have been told in such depth without the attention of our reporters. We are incredibly grateful to our audience in the U.S., and we are deeply proud of the coverage Al Jazeera America has brought to them.”

The network will combine updates on stories AJAM journalists have reported with original reporting, including a four-part documentary on the Obama White House that debuts Thursday.

On the network’s final day of production, April 12, Al Jazeera America will air a three-hour live farewell, beginning at 6 p.m. ET (and repeated at 9 p.m. ET) including contributions from Al Jazeera America journalists who worked with the channel since its launch in 2013, and the subjects of many of the network’s reports.

“I’m very proud to have worked with the remarkable team at Al Jazeera America, and I appreciate their commitment to delivering independent, in-depth, trusted news,” said AJAM chief executive officer Al Anstey. “We thank all AJAM’s staff for their great work, and we also thank those people whose stories we’ve had the opportunity to tell, and all our audiences who have relied on Al Jazeera to provide them with information they value and respect.”