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Acquisition of Al Gore's cable channel gives al-Jazeera chance to establish a presence where it has had only limited reach

Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network that has struggled to win space on Us cable television, has acquired Current TV, the channel co-founded by former Us vice-president Al Gore.

The deal is intended to give al-Jazeera greater penetration into the Us market. It will close Current and replace it with a new network, al-Jazeera America. Gore will become a member of the new network's advisory board.

Current TV had struggled with viewers but is widely distributed on cable providers and reaches 60 million of the 100 million Us households with cable or satellite service.

But al-Jazeera America will face hurdles with Us distributors and viewers, television industry analysts said.

One of its distributors, Time Warner Cable, which accounted for about 12 million of those homes, announced late on Wednesday it was terminating its carriage deal with Current. »

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