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Jeff Zucker

What Al Jazeera America's death means to TV news

What Al Jazeera America's death means to TV news

The closing of a news outlet that puts hundreds of people out of work is always a sad story to report. But in the case of Al Jazeera America, which announced Wednesday that it would shut down operations by April 30, the implications for the entire TV news industry, its audiences and democracy are even more depressing.

While Al Jazeera management bears much of the blame, one of the lessons of the channel's failure is that the cable news landscape, once seen as a fertile expanse large enough to sustain a great number of diverse voices and views with myriad channels, is now a closed frontier. And it's all owned by the big, mainstream, corporate folks who live and die with Wall...