Wikileaks Cable: American TV Shows 'Agents of Influence' in Saudi Arabia


"Given the crowded media environment of the Middle East, either greater resources must be devoted to marketing and promotion or additional programming changes must be enacted in pursuit of increasing the channel's market share," it reads. "Should these efforts fail to improve the overall viewership levels, policy makers will have to decide if continuing Alhurra's operations is worth the costs."

The network has also come under fire in recent years for accidentally broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence in 2006.

The station's gaffes have also included deferential coverage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial conference, and a factually flawed piece on a splinter group of Orthodox Jews who oppose the state of Israel.

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