Al-Jazeera America, which couldn't attract an audience to another cable news network in the United States, signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch.
The farewell begins at 6 p.m. EDT and will be repeated immediately before Al-Jazeera America goes dark. Local cable and satellite operators will decide what replaces the channel in their markets.
The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network announced in January that it was shutting down the U.S.-based offshoot, calling it an economic decision. Backed by a deep-pocketed parent company, Al-Jazeera America began with lofty goals of offering serious-minded news and won some awards for its work. But when few people watched and oil prices plummeted, there was a limit to how much the company would spend.
Al-Jazeera America aired a four-part documentary produced with the BBC, "The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama's White House," that wrapped up on Sunday.