Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America today announced an agreement to bring Al Jazeera America to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The channel will be launched on digital basic in Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets, including the Tampa Bay area, over the next six months.
Al Jazeera America officially took over the Current TV channel in August, promising to attract viewers with hard news reporting that avoids celebrities, pundits and sensationalism. Time Warner Cable, which also negotiates programming from Bright House Networks here and in Orlando, had decided to drop Current TV not long after its sale to Al Jazeera was announced.
The agreement reached Thursday will make the Al Jazeera available to almost 55 million homes across the country.
Al Jazeera America is the new U.S. news channel that provides both domestic and international news for American audiences. It is headquartered in New York City with bureaus in 12 cities across the United States.
The Arabic-language version of Al Jazeera was founded in 1996 with funding from the emir of Qatar.