Al Gore’s Current UK has been dropped from the satellite broadcaster BSkyB’s pay-TV lineup barely two months before the fledgling network’s contract was up. Without funding from the BSkyB contract Current UK isn’t likely to survive. The channel’s 23 staff were warned at a meeting on Wednesday morning that its future is bleak, according to the Guardian. BSkyB, part owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp made a business decision to withdraw funding effectively forcing the channel to shut down in a move similar to the action BSkyB took with Current Italia in 2011. Gore and Joel Hyatt launched Current UK in 2007 with the goal of opening British TV to new voices and untold stories but has struggled for ratings. Liberal like its U.S. counterpart, Current TV is still available on Virgin Media and online. It also could remain on the Sky platform as a free channel but low ratings mean it won’t likely generate much advertising revenue. Current TV features news and documentary programming, the bulk of it from independent producers who are new to television. One of its original series is Morgan Spurlock’s 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die. Co-founder Hyatt said “Sky is shutting down an intelligent alternative to mass market programming.” Whatever the case, managing director Jane Mote said “It is looking likely we will have to close on 11 March.”
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