One America News Network is getting a warm-up from its biggest distributor.
DirecTV plans to phase out the mega-MAGA channel as well as its sister channel AWE (“A Wealth of Entertainment”), both owned by Herring Networks, given OAN’s current contract with the satellite provider expires in April, the company said, noting that Herring had been notified of the decision. Bloomberg news for the first time.
A DirecTV spokesperson said: “We have informed Herring Networks that, following a periodic internal review, we have no plans to sign a new contract when our current agreement expires.” The removal of OAN is a rapid reversal since October, when the company said it had no plan to remove the Trump favorite network from its lineup.
Subscribers will no longer find OAN in their list of channels in early April, nor will they be able to watch it through any of the other major US cable providers that don’t carry it. AT&T, a parent company of DirecTV, played a fundamental role in the creation of OANN, a Reuters The report was released last year.
DirecTV’s decision poses an existential threat to the right-wing cable channel. OAN Accounting testify under oath in 2019 that the value of OAN without the contract with DirecTV “would be zero.” A source close to the network told The Daily Beast that the OAN has struggled to fully staff in recent months.
OAN tied itself to DirecTV through a lawsuit in 2017, forcing the satellite company to carry out its programming as part of a settlement. Contracts between channels and cable providers are typically three to five years in duration, and competition between TV providers has intensified over the past five years with the rise of streaming services. Customers chose to pay for certain services instead of a giant cable package. OAN has also launched its own streaming app. While DirecTV is by far the network’s biggest avenue of viewership, it’s also available through lesser-known providers like Verizon ViOS and KlowdTV.com, according to the company. website.
Since entering the cable business, OAN has become known for its fervent loyalty to Donald Trump and support from the former president. It even scored a spot in the acclaimed White House Briefing Room only to lose it after its reporter flouted coronavirus restrictions. Its most notable moments were when Trump scorned Fox News for not paying close enough attention to his party’s line and turned to OAN instead.
OAN has also been controversial in its brief rise over other news outlets possible in its lifetime. The network is currently suing a Billion dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting System in August. A server called for the mass execution of thousands of Americans last year about bogus claims of election fraud promoted by Trump and his allies. OAN hosts have promoted quirky and maze conspiracy theories in support of Trump’s “Big Lie” that he won the 2020 election and about the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, The Daily Beast also revealed the network using a journalist on the Kremlin payroll.
The network has been hatching plans to expand later this year, including hopefully a spanish channel. Such drastic cuts in distribution from DirecTV have the potential to shatter those dreams.
Neither OAN nor Charles Herring, president of Herring Networks, immediately responded to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Friday night.
Zachary Petrizzo and Justin Baragona contributed reporting.
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