Lebanon cable providers drop Al Jazeera in fees dispute
February 9th, 2012 - 12:56 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
Most Lebanese cable providers stopped broadcasting Al Jazeera channels earlier this week to protest the Qatari corporation’s demand for new fees from local cable providers. The popular news broadcaster was taken off the air on Tuesday and all Al Jazeera channels on televisions in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Kesrouan and the north were replaced by a notice broadcast by a group of cable providers.
“We apologize to our viewers for ending the broadcast of Al Jazeera channels … the decision was made as a result of warnings issued by Al Jazeera to cable providers in Lebanon to impose additional charges on viewers,” said the notice.