Aug 21 2013
Even on its inaugural day of broadcasting, Al Jazeera America was still fighting for visibility.
Hours after its launch at 3 p.m. ET, AJAM announced that it had filed a lawsuit against AT&T, which dropped the nascent channel from its U-verse pay-TV service at the last minute citing “breaches by Al Jazeera of the existing agreement.”
“Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T. Unfortunately AT&T’s decision to unilaterally delete Al Jazeera America presented us with circumstances that were untenable — an affiliate that has willfully and knowingly breached its contractual obligations,” the new network announced in a press release late Tuesday night.
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