Verizon Dropping Muslim Lifestyles Station

AP

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A first-of-its kind Muslim lifestyles station launched in upstate New York by a man later convicted of beheading his wife is being dropped from the Verizon FiOS lineup.

Bridges TV General Manager Hunaid Baliwala says Verizon informed him the station's viewership is too low. Baliwala says he hasn't been told what the numbers are.

Verizon confirms Bridges will be out of the lineup March 15.

Bridges TV was founded in 2004 by Pakistan-born Muzzammil Hassan and his wife, Aasiya in suburban Buffalo. It managed to stay on the air after Hassan was convicted of beheading his wife in 2009.

But without Verizon as a major carrier, Baliwala says important advertising revenue and the ability to reach a mainstream audience will be diminished.

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