Al Jazeera America: 5 Things To Know

At 3 p.m. today, a new cable-news competitor is set to enter the crowded television media landscape. Al Jazeera America, which will replace Current TV on the channel guide, is entering the field backed by deep-pocketed owners and boasting waves of high-profile reporter and anchor hires. Of these 5 things to know about the network, I noticed that it is not available on Time Warner Cable, which has more than two million customers in New York and Los Angeles, the No. 1 and No. 2 TV markets in the country. Time Warner Cable publicly dropped Current — the network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore — when AJAM’s parent company bought it for more than $500 million. Al Jazeera executives are currently in negotiations to regain carriage on Time Warner Cable systems, but those negotiations are likely taking a backseat to the operator’s heated disagreement with CBS.

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