Al Jazeera America Shutting Down In April, 2 1/2 Years After Launch

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Visitors wait in the lobby of Al-Jazeera America after the network's first broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) | AP

NEW YORK — Cable news network Al Jazeera America says it is shutting down just 2 1/2 years after its launch.

Al Jazeera America says it will stop operating by April 30. It blames the "economic landscape of the media environment."

The network launched in August 2013 with a plan to offer serious-minded news coverage.

While it won some awards, not many people watched the channel. And it's been hit with allegations of anti-Semitic and sexist behaviour. It replaced its CEO in May as key executives left amid complaints about the network's culture. Two former employees have sued.

Al Jazeera America is an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera cable news network.

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