One America News, based in New York, might suffer a loss from DirecTV
WASHINGTON, January 15 (Reuters) - The largest satellite provider in the United States said it will drop One America News late Friday, a move that could slash the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.
DirecTV, which is owned by AT&T by 70%, has announced that it would make the network more successful if the company became a leader.
Reuters report sparked calls from some liberal corporations for AT&T and DirecTV to drop OAN, a favorite of former President Donald Trump, because the network has become a leading source of false allegations about the election and COVID vaccinations.
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that COVID conspiracy theories are at danger. I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets: Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation thats on your shows, Biden said.
Herring Networks, a family of conservative tech entrepreneurs, is owned by OAN last year. CEO Robert Herring Sr did not respond to requests for comment by email and phone.
DirecTV, a conservative network that has 15 million subscribers, is by far OAN's largest carrier. According to OAN's accountant reviewed by Reuters, DirecTV accounted for 90% of the conservative network's revenue.
We have informed Herring Networks that following a routine internal review, we do not intend to enter into a new contract if our current agreement expires, DirecTV said in a statement.
In April 2017, the OAN-DirecTV contract began airing in partnership, which began shortly after OAN and AT&T settled a lawsuit over alleged oral promises.
Some conservatives have compared themselves to DirecTV and AT&T's plans to resign OAN on Twitter. Corporate Media is crushing what little dissent remains, tweeted former Fox News host Lou Dobbs.
The pro-Trump right, however, has strong outlets on television and online, including Fox News, the conservative cable news outlet founded by Rupert Murdoch.
The Liberals overwhelmingly praised the announcement, claiming it is a victory for us and the future of democracy.
In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, two Georgia election workers filed a lawsuit against OAN and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, alleging he was using fake voting rigging claims. The allegations were debunked by state authorities. OAN has denied doing anything wrong.
DirecTV did not give any details on why it planned to drop OAN, according to an AT&T spokesperson.
According to the Reuters investigative report in October, OAN's founder and his son testified that the company's motivation for the conservative network came from AT&T executives.
According to Mr. Herring during a deposition, they said they wanted a conservative network. [...] [...] They had only one, which was Fox News, and they had seven other members on the other [leftwing] side.
According to a transcript, an OAN lawyer told the court that if Herring Networks was to lose or not be renewed on DirecTV, the company would go out of business tomorrow.