March 27, 2016

Al-Jazeera to slash 'around 500' jobs, most of them in Qatar

Effect of

Low Gas prices + sustaining a large population on freebies + Syrian war expenditures

The Qatari-based Al Jazeera media network said on Sunday it planned to cut around 500 jobs, with the majority expected to go at its Doha headquarters.

In a statement, Al Jazeera's acting director general Mostefa Souag said the cuts were part of the network's “workforce optimisation initiative” and were “consistent with those being made across the media industry worldwide”.

“Our decision... was difficult to make nonetheless,” he said.
In January Al Jazeera, which runs Arabic and English language television news channels as well as web operations out of Doha, announced that it was shutting down its Al Jazeera America cable television channel in the US less than three years after it launched.

The network as a whole is funded by the Qatari royal family, and as such does not have to rely on traditional sources of funding for media companies.

However, tumbling global oil prices have put a damper on the Qatari economy, with the government taking the unpopular step in January of raising oil prices to staunch a growing deficit.
The network was launched in 1996 as an Arabic-language news outlet. It has since ballooned into a global media brand with over 70 national offices worldwide.

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