Al Jazeera America has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable to distribute the nascent news network to major markets in the United States, including New York and Los Angeles.
The agreement, which will add about 10 million potential viewers for a total reach of 54 million, is a major boost to the fledgling network, which has struggled to amass ratings in its first couple months.
The Qatar-owned network took over Al Gore’s Current TV last year. Time Warner had used the sale as an excuse to drop Current, but sounded positive in a press release about its deal with Al Jazeera.
“We said in January that we would consider Al Jazeera America,” a Time Warner Cable official wrote. “Now that the channel is live, we think that it would be of value to our customers and are pleased to make it available.”
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