Al Jazeera America to shutter digital operations by the end of the month

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Al-Jazeera America's newsroom. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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The closure of Al Jazeera America is coming sooner than expected.

Al Jazeera America staffers were told during a staff meeting at 2 p.m. today that they are to stop updating the company's website on Feb. 26, POLITICO has learned.

Digital staffers were told to stop reporting work after Feb. 26, although they will be paid through April.

TV operations will continue until April 12.

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Al Jazeera America staff were informed in January that the media company was shutting down its U.S. operations, but it was expected that operations would continue through April 30. Employees in today’s meeting told POLITICO that they had previously been told there was no intention of shutting down digital operations early.

During the staff meeting with digital employees, which was called with less than 25 minutes notice, Al Jazeera management and staff also discussed the possibility of a legacy site that would preserve Al Jazeera America’s journalism.

Two staffers — reporter Azure Gilman and interactive developer Joanna Kao — last week launched a website highlighting the site’s best journalism in its two-and-a-half year history.

Al Jazeera America did not immediately respond to a request for comment.